European Solar Thermal Industry Federation

Don’t cap renewables and efficiency

Date: 16 Jun 2015

Call from renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental associations

The European Council's guidance from last year for 2030 targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency falls far short of the EU's potentials.

Without tapping those potentials, the EU will miss out on major benefits for the economy, employment, energy security and climate action. Ending the historic bias towards fossil fuels requires higher ambition on energy efficiency and renewables.

Renewables are already the fastest growing power source around the world. The renewables industry had already created 1.2 million direct and indirect jobs by 2012 and could represent as many as 3.4 million jobs in 2030 in the EU. Like EuropeanCommissioner President Jean-Claude Juncker, we want Europe to become the world number one in renewable energies.

Meanwhile, tapping the EU's cost-effective potential for energy efficiency, which stands at 40% by 2030,would cut gas imports by 40%, increase GDP by 4.45% and - coupled with more renewables - allow Europe to deliver well beyond 50% greenhouse gas emissions cuts in 2030.

Europe can't afford to miss out on these benefits.

That is why upcoming EU legislation must be used to meet the full potentials of renewables and efficiency. Policymakers must recognise that the energy efficiency first principle and renewable energy are complementary to each other and will reduce energy costs for consumers and businesses. Both are needed to ensure a secure and sustainable energy future in line with the EU's long-term climate commitments. We mustn't cap potential.

You can download the full document here.




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