Energy efficiency is the key to delivering long-term benefits, EU top official argues
Energy remains one of Europe’s key issues in achieving further economic growth and should become an important item on the agenda of the European council and commission, Michel Lebrun, president of the Committee of the Regions, has recently argued.
The new European commission has a clear commitment to creating an energy union integrating all member states’ energy markets together which, estimates suggest, could save Europe €40bn a year by 2030.
However, the European official has argued that “We need a consistent national and EU-wide vision for energy efficiency, accompanied by earmarked EU funds, which would trigger more confidence among citizens and businesses”.
The official has further underlined the important of continuing to refine and strengthen industrial policy by supporting sustainable energy investment. Targeted investment towards innovation will help avoid over-reliance on one single technology.
With cheap money available and the new EU investment plan focused on energy, local and regional sustainable energy projects should be able to receive a higher percentage of cofinancing from EU funds than has been the case before now.
Energy efficiency measures (such as building energy management systems) can have a major contribution in slashing energy use.
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