Administrator: Alessandro RIZZI, Assistant: Baiba SPUNDE
Foreseen for the EESC Section: 9 November 2021
Foreseen for the EESC Plenary session: 8-9 December 2021
Gist of the Commission document
As part of the ‘Fit for 55’ package, the Energy Efficiency Directive is an important element to reduce GHG emissions by at least 55% by 2030, and achieve a climate-neutral Europe by 2050. The current proposal is based on Article 194(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which is the legal basis for measures on energy.
The proposed measures aim at further promoting energy efficiency in all areas of the energy system and in all relevant sectors, such as the transport, water and agriculture sectors. While the energy savings potential remains large in all sectors, there is a particular challenge related to transport, as it is responsible for 30% of final energy consumption, and to buildings, since 75% of the Union building stock has a poor energy performance.
The proposal is part of a broader policy framework of energy efficiency policies addressing energy efficiency potentials in specific policy areas, including buildings and products.