In July 2021, the European Commission launched its recast proposal for a revised Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) within the “Fit for 55” package, which aims to reach at least 55% net greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2030 in line with the European Green Deal. The recast proposal is being now debated within the Council and the European Parliament.

CAN Europe believes that the Commission’s proposal contains many elements that improve the directive, starting with the proposed 2030 binding EU energy efficiency target. However, many provisions need to be strengthened to help the EU fulfil its commitments under the Paris Agreement. CAN Europe calls on the European Parliament and the Council to improve the current Energy Efficiency Directive by:

  • Introducing an EU binding energy efficiency target for 2030 of at least 45% compared to the EU Reference Scenario 2007 or of at least 20% compared to the EU Reference Scenario 2020 to help the EU fulfil its commitments under the Paris Agreement

  • Strengthening the Commission’s proposal for an EU binding 2030 energy efficiency target with more robust governance, including binding national targets

  • Supporting the Commission’s proposal on the Energy Efficiency First principle, and mainstream the principle in complementing pieces of legislation and policy areas

  • Supporting the Commission’s proposal to introduce a requirement for the public sector to reduce its energy demand by at least 1,7%

  • Supporting the Commission’s proposal for an expansion of the 3% renovation requirement to all public buildings, linking the end goal to the Nearly-Zero Energy Building (NZEB) level, ensure alignment with the provisions on public procurement and support the deletion of the alternative approach to renovation.

  • Building on a stronger energy savings obligation in the proposed Article 8 through:

    • Increasing the annual savings rate to at least 2% from 2024 onwards

    • Supporting the Commission’s proposal to exclude measures that promote fossil fuels technologies and the energy savings deriving from the use of direct fossil fuel combustion towards the fulfilment of the energy savings obligation from 2024

  • Supporting the Commission’s proposal provisions on energy poverty

  • Bringing the revised heating and cooling provisions up to date through:

    • Making climate neutrality the core objective of heating and cooling assessments and planning and introducing a clear plan that reflects the phase out of coal by 2030 at latest and fossil gas by 2035

    • Ensuring that new and refurbished District Heating and Cooling Systems and cogeneration units do not increase the use of fossil fuels including fossil gas

  • Ensuring that the shares of renewable energy for the definitions of efficient district heating and cooling reflect the need to have a 100% renewables based energy system by 2040

This revision of the EED presents a unique opportunity to truly deliver energy savings that bring important benefits such as greenhouse gas emissions reductions, job creation, lower energy bills, reduced air pollution and improved health.