The EU energy commissioner, Günther Oettinger, unveiled new targets last month which proposed that by 2030 all European countries should increase energy efficiency targets from 20% to 30%.
The new proposed targets encourage European governments to improve efficiency so that energy consumption in 2030 is 30% lower than the levels predicted back in 2007 for the same year.
Energy efficiency is considered to be the simplest and most cost effective way to cut carbon emissions and reduce dependence on imported energy. According to EU estimates, for every additional 1% in energy savings EU gas imports are expected to fall by 2.6%, decreasing dependence in external supplies.
Günther Oettinger said the proposals will affect both new builds and exitsting properries, including household appliances and that they will “drive the EU towards increased security of supply, innovation and sustainability”.
EU leaders will meet in October to decide whether the new goal should be legally binding.
This article, including the image, has been adapted from an article published by Building4Change.