Friends of the
Earth Europe has criticised EU governments for adopting weak energy efficiency
targets today. The decision demonstrates a lack of commitment to the Paris
climate change Agreement, according to the group.
EU Ministers have agreed to the European
Commission's proposed target of 30% energy efficiency by 2030, when climate action requires at least 40%.
Hutin, climate justice and energy campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe, said:
"These negotiations should have been about ramping up the EU's climate
efforts for 2030, instead we are risking a decade of inaction. EU governments
have expressed deep regret at Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris
Agreement, yet they are turning their backs on the main tool for cutting
emissions; energy efficiency."
covering annual savings obligations schemes, has been weakened to the point of
meaninglessness. Serious climate action should not allow for loopholes, yet
so-called 'flexibility' has become an excuse for inaction on the part of
governments. A review clause will enable policy-makers to reduce efforts
is the most powerful way to cut down greenhouse gas emissions: it could make up to two-thirds of cuts according
to the IEA. Analyses shows increased ambition would
save billions of Euros in public spending, create local green jobs, lift
millions out of energy poverty, and would replace fossil fuel infrastructure.
the European Parliament are set to open in the Autumn.
continued, "Wiping out progress on energy efficiency would have
disastrous consequences for people and the planet. When we think of all the
benefits of these policies, this line of action is all the more baffling. The Council has
failed EU citizens today."