At the last Energy Council meeting
during the Danish EU presidency Member States endorsed the compromise on the
Energy Efficiency Directive reached with the European Parliament in
negotiations Wednesday and confirmed by Coreper Thursday
The EU has set itself the target of
improving energy efficiency by 20% by 2020 (from 1990 levels), but the European
Commission estimates that the EU will achieve only half that improvement unless
it takes specific measures.
On 14th June 2012, during the at
Energy Council meeting held by the Danish EU presidency, negotiators from the
European Parliament, the Commission and the Council endorsed a compromise on
the Energy Efficiency Directive. After many rounds of negotiations, president
of the Council Martin Lidegaard, also Danish minister for Climate, Energy and
Buildings, stated that a target has been sealed which sets the reduction of Europe’s energy consumption by 17% by
The target, although smaller than
the considered 20%, is nevertheless going in the short term to create hundreds
of thousands of jobs in Europe, and in the longer term, would contribute significantly to
reaching the climate goals and decrease the EU’s dependence on fossil fuels.
In July 2012 the European
Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) is expected to vote
on the Energy Efficiency Directive and the vote in Parliament plenary is
scheduled for September 2012.
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