“Credible” energy saving plan in just 3 EU nations

Just three out of 27 European nations have “credible and meaningful” plans for meeting energy saving targets under the EU’s 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive. That’s according to the Coalition for […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Just three out of 27 European nations have “credible and meaningful” plans for meeting energy saving targets under the EU’s 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive.

That’s according to the Coalition for Energy Savings which has analysed member states’ plans to achieve their 1.5% yearly energy savings target by 2020.

Only three plans, from Croatia, Denmark and Ireland, out of the 27 published and included in the analysis, show properly how savings targets will be achieved, said the CES, a group of businesses and local authorities.

It warns the EU could miss its 20% energy savings target because of “weak” plans, adding twelve of them including Finland, Germany, Sweden and all central and eastern EU countries except Croatia and Latvia, are either incomplete – and so not assessable – or of “low quality”.

Common problems are incorrect calculations of the target, ineligible measures and energy savings included that would have happened anyway, said the group.

Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General of the Coalition for Energy Savings said: “Most governments’ implementation plans, in particular those from central and eastern countries, are not ambitious and do not convince us that the minimum energy savings will be reached.”

He added it’s time for countries to “walk the talk”.

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