WWF report: Making more effective energy savings policy at EU level
1. Energy savings are vital for decarbonising Europe’s energy systems1 with studies suggesting that savings of up to 51% by 2030 are cost-effective.
2. The EU is not on track to meet its 20% energy savings target by 2020 because energy efficiency policy-making has been dragged into a cycle of under-achievement.
3. But all is not lost. This study is based on interviews with key players in negotiations over EU energy efficiency policy from which three key positive insights emerge:
- The new context of prolonged economic crisis puts a greater premium on saving money by saving energy – for example, meeting the 20% energy savings target would save households over €1,000 each;
- Measures whose primary aim is addressing the economic crisis also provide new opportunities for delivering energy savings;
- These new opportunities are bringing new actors into the energy savings policy sphere.
5. However, it needs to ensure that its positions are adopted by a critical mass of decision makers at EU level.
6. The energy savings advocacy community can achieve this aim by convincing new actors of its arguments and evidence.
7. The energy savings advocacy community should also take the actions required to ensure that saving money by saving energy becomes a central part of addressing today’s economic challenges.