Energy is what makes Europe tick. It is essential, then, for the European Union (EU) to address the major energy challenges facing us today, i.e. climate change, our increasing dependence on imports, the strain on energy resources and access for all users to affordable, secure energy. The EU is aiming for a 20% cut in Europe’s annual primary energy consumption by 2020. The Commission has proposed several measures to increase efficiency at all stages of the energy chain: generation, transformation, distribution and final consumption. The measures focus on the public transport and building sectors, where the potential for savings is greatest. Other measures include the introduction of smart meters (which encourage consumers to manage their energy use better), and clearer product labelling.
EU Commission Presentation: Energy Effiiciency Directive
Category: Carbon Show
The European Commission (EC) is responsible for ensuring EU law on energy matters is correctly applied. It has the power to take legal action against any EU country that fails to comply and can refer them to the European Court of Justice.