Commission could be caught offside over energy efficiency

News Item
20 Jun 2014

In the midst of World Cup fever, concerns have been expressed that the European Commission may be caught offside over energy efficiency.

Several European trade associations, including Glass for Europe, fear that the European Commission is planning to propose a low indicative target on energy efficiency for 2030. They believe that a 27% non-binding target for energy efficiency would be less than business-as-usual.

This could have a detrimental effect on competitiveness, jobs, energy bills, climate and – very high on the political agenda in Brussels – energy security. It could also serve as a disincentive to the desperately-needed refurbishment of the building stock throughout Europe.

"EU Heads of State clearly mandated the Commission to firmly address the energy security issue by moderating energy demand,” added Bertrand Cazes, Secretary-General at Glass for Europe. “Failing to grasp the huge energy saving potential of existing buildings and thus failing to enhance our energy security would be an unaffordable mistake and a political disgrace for the legacy of this Commission."

Glass for Europe is the trade association for European manufacturers of building, automotive and solar-energy glass. NSG Group is an active member of the trade association, the member companies of which account for nearly 90% of the flat glass production in the EU.

Research has illustrated that a higher energy efficiency target can bring higher benefits without increasing overall costs. The associations have urged the European Commission to show ambition and agree on a strong binding target of 40% on energy efficiency by 2030, pointing out the substantial contribution that buildings could make through a dedicated sectoral target.

For more information on Glass for Europe and its activities on energy efficiency and sustainability, please click here.