[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

terça-feira, 27 de junho de 2017

Commission laments member states’ lack of ambition on energy saving laws

Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete criticised the Council's changes but was thankful energy ministers were able to come to an agreement.
[European Council]

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”.

EU energy ministers warned over dilution of energy savings ambition

The EU’s 28 energy ministers have underlined the “flexibility” necessary to achieve the bloc’s energy savings objectives for 2030, calling into question the European Commission’s ambition to put “energy efficiency first”, insiders have warned.

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.

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