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eceee response to the stakeholder consultation on the Green Paper on 2030 Climate and Energy Policy

(01 Jul 13)

eceee welcomes the consultation as an opportunity to underline that a new, more coherent and framework of Climate & Energy policies and measures is needed to set the EU back on track towards sustainable growth.

Download eceee's response to the stakeholder consulation on the Green Paper on 2030 Climate and Energy Policy (pdf)

The 2030 policy framework must fully recognise the key role of energy savings, making energy efficiency the starting point in a renewed effort to counter the current economic, environmental and social crises in the most cost-effective manner possible. This process must also put in place those instruments and tools (institutional, regulatory, financial, communication, educational, etc) to maximise cost-effective energy savings and thereby
contribute to a sustainable and gradual reduction of energy consumption and de-linking from energy consumption that also ensures an acceptable and equitable standard of wellbeing. This framework should be placed within a 2050 perspective, with 2030 as an important milestone and checkpoint, respecting and promoting our long-term GHG mitigation goals while ensuring our competitiveness, employment, health and related objectives.

A GHG target alone where the EU ETS is a centrepiece may deliver in terms of decarbonisation, but this will fail to realise the additional benefits in the most costeffective way of improved competitiveness job creation, security of energy supply, and improvement of health and labour productivity that energy savings will provide. Energy savings is also the least cost option for meeting the GHG target.

This is why we call on the EU to put energy savings at the very core and at the heart of the new climate & energy policy and establish in the 2030 framework three wellarticulated and meaningful binding targets for (1)energy savings, (2)GHG reduction and (3)share of renewables

While market forces have an important role to play, these forces working alone will never allow us to reach our goals, even with high energy and carbon prices. Our framework must therefore include a well-balance and mutually reinforcing set of policies and measures in the form of regulations, rules, support programmes, and
incentives, taken at all levels, from global, down to local and individual.

The 2030 policy framework should include the following elements:

  1. Energy efficiency as the first cornerstone of our Climate & Energy policy
  2. Three meaningful, reinforcing and well-articulated binding targets, for energy savings, GHG reduction and an increasing share of renewables, respectively. The target design should have as its starting point an assessment of how the various policies contribute to overall sustainability, economic competitiveness and growth, security of supply and wellbeing.
  3. A long-term perspective, where 2030 goals are a milestone on the road to our more fundamental 2050 objectives.
  4. Make ambitious energy savings in sectorial targets a cornerstone of our energy efficiency policies, building up and aggregating these targets for the industrial, building, appliance and transport sectors.

Download eceee's response to the stakeholder consulation on the Green Paper on 2030 Climate and Energy Policy (pdf)

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