Energy Efficiency Watch reports: Considerable progress in EE policies but more needed to achieve 2020 target

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eceee press release – Despite considerable progress in the implementation of EU energy efficiency policies since 2011, more is needed if the EU is to reach its 2020 energy efficiency targets. This is the conclusion of an exhaustive set of reports on EU and national policy implementation released today from the Energy Efficiency Watch 3 project.

While the Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament is set to vote on the latest implementation report on the Energy Efficiency Directive tomorrow, 24 May, exhaustive research – published in the framework of the Energy-Efficiency Watch 3 – highlights both progress and lack of action. (See all reports here)

The new reports follow the publication of a survey of 1100 EU experts in early April. Since 2011, the new reports conclude, there are overall more new or improved energy efficiency policies than weakened or abandoned policies. However, many EU Member States still need to grasp the benefits or allocate resources to invest enough money and implementing capacity in energy efficiency policies. This would not only make the EU number 1 in energy efficiency but also help lead the way out of the economic and financial crisis.

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