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Maltese presidency proposes slowing down delivery of energy savings

04 May 2017
by Coalition for Energy Savings -- last modified 04 May 2017

The Coalition for Energy Savings understands that Malta, who holds the presidency of the Council of the EU, is maintaining its proposal to weaken the energy savings objective in the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), despite the opposition of a block of Member States.


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The text drafted by the Maltese presidency proposes to lower the annual energy savings target to 1.4% in Article 7 of the EED, a position at odd with the Parliament, who has in the past insisted on closing existing loopholes. This watering down of the energy savings requirement has survived the negotiations despite the opposition of several large Member States, and was accompanied by further confusion regarding the eligibility of measures and the set up of Member States national targets.

Article 7 was conceived so that Member States secure new savings equivalent to 1.5% of energy sales each year. This is currently not achieved because most governments have used all available loopholes, resulting in halving the effective energy savings requirement to only 0.75% per year. The text proposed by the presidency would secure the delivery of only 0.7% new energy savings per year – this would mean slowing down the rate of investments in the efficiency of buildings, mobility, production and energy supply.

"The presidency proposal could destroy more than 100,000 local jobs in the future, at a moment when citizens need to see the benefit of the energy transition" said Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General of the Coalition for Energy Savings. "The objective of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package is to create prospects for citizens and companies, not to slow down the delivery of benefits. A vivid example of the importance of their decision is that up to 10 million less homes would be renovated if the text proposed by Malta is adopted".

Ministers, who will meet this month in Malta for an informal energy council, are expected to agree on a common approach on both energy efficiency files in June. The presidency was not successful in reinforcing the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive either, risking giving a very bad start to the legislative work on the Clean Energy Package.

The Parliament is yet to examine the Energy Efficiency Directive and is expected to be particularly vigilant about its benefits for citizens and companies, aligned with the Commission's commitment to put consumers at the centre of the Energy Union.

As a multi-stakeholder coalition, uniting 33 European business, civil society, cooperatives, consumer, professional, trade union and local government organisations, the Coalition for Energy Savings calls on the Council and on the European Parliament to set a binding 40% target and to strengthen Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive, the annual energy savings requirement.

The Coalition for Energy Savings (AISBL) strives to make energy efficiency and savings the first consideration of energy policies and the driving force towards a secure, sustainable and competitive European Union. Its membership unites businesses, professionals, local authorities, trade unions, consumer and civil society organisations in pursuit of this goal. The Coalition calls on the EU to commit itself to a 40% energy saving target by 2030, and to step up policies, measures and investments in order to stop energy waste and tap the considerable energy savings potentials.

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