Commission ‘pre-emptive strike’ puts cap on EU energy efficiency targets

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Series Details 18.11.15
Publication Date 18/11/2015
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EurActiv reported in November 2015 on a conflict of opinions between the European Commission and the European Parliament regarding the revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive which was being prepared.

While member states agreed in October 2014 on a 27% target for energy efficiency in 2030, the Commission seemed to be prepared to raise the bar up to 33%. However, the European Parliament defended the target to be of 40%, as the chamber approved its position regarding negotiations of a COP 21 international agreement.

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ESO: Background information: Conclusions on 2030 Climate and Energy Policy Framework [European Council, 23-24 October 2014]
ESO: Background information: COP 21: environment MEPs adopt mandate for Paris climate talks
ESO: Background information: The European Council and Developments in the European Energy and Climate Policy
EurActiv, 25.11.15: MEPs go on warpath over energy efficiency days before COP21
EurActiv, 26.01.16: Cañete confirms Commission climbdown over ‘Modelgate’

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