MEPs have adopted tighter targets for energy efficiency and renewable energy by 2030, following a vote on Wednesday.
The European Commission had proposed an energy efficiency target of 30% and at least 27% renewable energy for 2030. The Parliament has increased both targets to 35% with European binding targets. The Parliament also sets stricter requirements for mandatory national action plans for climate and energy.
MEPs have agreed on one position ahead of talks with the European Commission and member states. They were also able to preserve an all-important energy savings goal of 1.5% under Article 7 of the draft report and include the transport sector for the first time. EU climate chief Miguel Arias Cañete welcomed the result, pledging to help secure an “ambitious agreement” in talks with the member states.
The news was welcomed by Hans Korteweg, Managing Director at COGEN Europe.
“The Parliament vote sends a strong signal to EU member states to realise the important potential for energy savings at all levels in the energy system and acknowledges the important role cogeneration can play.”
“Boosting energy efficiency at all levels in our energy system is key to reduce our carbon footprint and energy bills. Today, the European Parliament has set ambitious energy efficiency goals and has recognised that high efficiency cogeneration can help Europe to deliver on these goals. COGEN Europe hopes that the Parliament vote shows clear ambition towards EU member states to make the 'energy efficiency first' principle a core pillar of the energy transition.”
“Today’s plenary vote reflects the Parliament’s ambition to realise the existing potential for energy efficiency, by fully accounting for the current losses in the electricity system. The parliament recognised the strategic importance of the primary energy factor for electricity (EU PEF), by adopting a 2.3 value that better reflects reality and sets a clear framework for its use. It paves the way for a more cost-effective and more efficient and energy transition, while ensuring well informed choices for investors.”
In his tatement Korteweg also made reference to the revised renewable energy directive.
"The Parliament recognised the need to treat renewable energy and energy efficiency together, by not allowing one to count for the other. High efficiency cogeneration was recognised as a key solution to improve the sustainability of biomass. We are also pleased to see that promising solutions such as renewable gas received proper recognition. As negotiations between the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission approach, it is key that “energy efficiency first”, including cogeneration, is duly accounted in the context of renewable energy.”
In terms of the governance of the energy union, Korteweg added, “The Parliament’s vote on Energy Governance confirms the importance of the proposal in ensuring a comprehensive approach is taken to energy policy up to 2030. The role of high efficiency cogeneration in delivering energy efficiency, cost effective decarbonisation and empowering domestic and industrial consumers is duly recognised. MEPs also favoured the need for Member States to roll-out better policies to realising the potential for cogeneration, which COGEN Europe welcomes.”