Press conference of Günther Oettinger, Vice-President of the EC, on Energy efficiency
Günther Oettinger, Member of the EC in charge of Energy, gave a press conference on the communication on Energy Efficiency and its contribution to energy security and the 2030 Framework for climate and energy policy. The proposed target goes beyond the 25% energy savings target which would be required to achieve a 40% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030. At the same time the framework on energy efficiency put forward today aims to strike the right balance between benefits and costs. The Communication also reviews progress towards the European Union's 20% energy efficiency target for 2020. The EU is currently forecast to achieve energy savings of 18-19% in 2020; however, the agreed target of 20% can be reached if all EU countries fully implement the already agreed legislation. The Commission does not intend to propose new measures, but calls on the Member States to step up their efforts to ensure collective delivery of the 2020 target.