Glass for Europe, the trade association for Europe’s manufacturers of flat glass, has welcomed the adoption by the European Parliament of the report on a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies, believing that MEPs have ‘clearly spoken out in favour of a binding energy efficiency objective for 2030’.
It believes the move recognises the necessity of both a target and specific policy measures to grasp the cost effective energy saving potential of non-Emission Trading Sectors (ETS) sectors and particularly that of buildings.
Recently, the European Commission published a 2030 climate and energy package and a communication on evolutions and drivers of energy costs, in which it stressed how energy efficiency gains were essential to achieve the objectives of a low carbon economy, to mitigate the impacts of rising energy prices and to increase Europe’s energy independence. However, in a move that Glass for Europe called ‘incomprehensible’, did not propose a binding target on energy efficiency.
“Today, the European Parliament’s stance on energy efficiency marks the victory of logic and rationale thinking over unclear political interests and legacy,” declared Bertrand Cazes, Secretary General of Glass for Europe. “Since energy efficiency is central to all EU objectives, it deserves a binding target to set levels of ambitions and thus mobilise market actors. The Council now has an immense responsibility; that of fixing the broken proposal from the Commission by establishing energy efficiency as the core pillar of a new climate and energy framework.”