During marathon talks in Luxembourg yesterday, the EU Energy Council managed to agree on the approach to two energy efficiency directives, which are both seen as crucial to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.
EU energy and climate Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete acknowledged that the agreement on the Energy Efficiency Directive was “not easy” but added that it fell “below the ambition of the Commission”.
As expected, member states disagreed over whether the EU-wide 30% energy efficiency target should be legally binding or not. Some EU countries insisted it should only be indicative, while others went a step further and said it should be lowered to 27%.
The compromise proposal settled on a non-binding 30% target, which if adopted further down the line would mean an increase on the 20% target currently in force, which is also non-binding.