Deal on energy savings, governance confirmed

Decision-makers have reached agreement on energy savings by 2030, as well as a new instrument to help EU Member States deliver on Europe's energy and climate goals, the EU press service reported. A first informal deal by Parliament and Council negotiators sets a 32.5% energy efficiency headline target at EU level, to be reviewed by 2023 to take into account significant cost reductions resulting from economic or technological changes. Then the target can only be raised, not lowered.

Decision-makers have reached agreement on energy savings by 2030, as well as a new instrument to help EU Member States deliver on Europe's energy and climate goals, the EU press service reported. A first informal deal by Parliament and Council negotiators sets a 32.5% energy efficiency headline target at EU level, to be reviewed by 2023 to take into account significant cost reductions resulting from economic or technological changes. Then the target can only be raised, not lowered.
A second deal establishes the working mechanisms for the Energy Union project and a framework for Member States in which to operate and deliver on EU energy and climate goals. The provisional deal on energy efficiency obliges Member States to increase their energy savings by 0.8% every year for the period 2021-2030. This provision could boost renovation of buildings and the use of more efficient technologies for heating and cooling.
According to another provisional deal, each Member State must present an “integrated national energy and climate plan” by 31 December 2019, and subsequently by 1 January 2029, and every 10 years thereafter. The first of these plans will cover the period from 2021 to 2030, taking into consideration also a longer-term perspective, and the following ones will cover the subsequent 10-year period. The integrated national energy and climate plans will include national targets, contributions, policies, etc. Member States must also prepare long-term strategies until 2050.

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