WWF Position Paper: The Energy Efficiency Directive (2011)

Posted on
03 October 2011


WWF’s priority in energy savings and efficiency is to ensure that the EU will achieve energy savings of at least 20% by 2020. Not reaching this target could jeopardise the EU’s objective of reducing of greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050.

The Directive on Energy Efficiency (EED) is new legislation designed to reach the EU’s 20% energy savings target by 2020.

The European Commission published its proposal in June 2011, and the European Parliament as well as the Council of the European Union will now consider it.

WWF criticises the weakness of the Commission’s proposal, which it says is inadequate to reach 20% energy savings by 2020, as it introduces neither a binding target, nor significant binding measures and requests the European Parliament and the Council to strengthen the legislation by:
  • Introducing a binding 20% energy savings target, combined with an effort-sharing mechanism among EU Member States;
  • Introducing deep renovation targets for all buildings.
  • Deleting the opt-out clause which allows Member States not to set up Energy Efficiency Obligation schemes.
  • Using the Energy Efficiency Obligation schemes to finance deep renovations.
  • Mandating the introduction of National Technical and Financial Facilities.
  • Ensuring that the ETS and efficiency policies remain mutually supportive.