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Energy efficiency:a source of savings; a priority objective

Energy efficiency:a source of savings; a priority objective

Type of text : Opinion
Type of referral : Citizen referral

Rapporteur(s) :

Anne BÉTHENCOURT (DE)
Environment and Nature Group
Jacky CHORIN
CGT-FO Trade Union
Date adopted : 09/01/2013 | Period : 2010-2015

Energy efficiency is defined as consumption of less energy whilst deliverying the same service.

Significant progress has been made through the impact of technology, price increases and awareness of waste. Too often viewed as a constraint, energy efficiency nonetheless constitutes the leading potential source of domestic energy for the 2020 goal.

Energy efficiency is or will be (depending on the will of the stakeholders, public authorities and society as a whole) a key market for the future and a pathway to creative innovation.

Everything is pointing in that direction: the obligation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions fourfold, the new European Directive on Energy Efficiency to be incorporated, the expected increase in energy prices, the presence in France of industry leaders and of a small-scale but important industry in this sector.

The goals in energy efficiency entail:
- at Community level, that the objective of 20% energy savings for the 2020 goal becomes binding;
- at national level, that public policies for energy efficiency are part of a long-term vision, based on the achievements of the Grenelle Environment Forum and avoid sending out any wrong signals which might adversely affect progress.

The ESEC proposals are built around the following four themes