Causes EC launches ”Roadmap for building a competitive low-carbon Europe by 2050” and ”EU Energy Efficiency Plan 2011"

Energy and Climate | 08-03-2011

The Roadmap for building a competitive low-carbon Europe by 2050 and the EU Energy Efficiency Plan 2011 were launched today by the European Commission. The Roadmap sets out more ambitious domestic greenhouse gas emission milestones for 2030 and 2050 than what current legislation will deliver. Although the EU is moving ahead, it has not properly scaled up the GHG emissions reduction target for 2020. Bellona believes a more ambitious immediate action is required.

EU Energy Efficiency Plan 2011: Energy efficiency is at the heart of the EU's Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and of the transition to a resource efficient economy. Energy efficiency is one of the most cost effective ways to enhance security of energy supply, and to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. In many ways, energy efficiency can be seen as Europe's biggest energy resource. This is why the Union has set itself a target for 2020 of saving 20% of its primary energy consumption compared to projections, and why this objective was identified in the Commission's Communication on Energy 2020 as a key step towards achieving our long-term energy and climate goals.

Substantial steps have been taken towards this objective - notably in the appliances and buildings markets. Nonetheless, recent Commission estimates suggest that the EU is on course to achieve only half of the 20% objective. The EU needs to act now to get on track to achieve its target. Responding to the call of the European Council of 4 February 2011 to take 'determined action to tap the considerable potential for higher energy savings of buildings, transport and products and processes', the Commission has therefore developed this comprehensive new Energy Efficiency Plan.

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