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COP19: World Needs Energy Efficiency Offensive and More Ambitious CO2 Reduction Targets

Policy makers and campaigners have gathered in Warsaw for the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP) on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change while the International Energy Agency published some pertinent recommendations for more energy efficiency.

Commenting on this, EGP Co-Chair Reinhard Bütikofer MEP said:

“At the same time the COP is taking place, the release of the International Energy Agency's fresh World Energy Outlook highlights the need for an energy efficiency offensive. This is truly crucial as it gives us a chance to avoid a carbon lock-in and cut energy demand growth until 2035 by 50%. It would be enormously irresponsible from an economic and environmental perspective if governments do not to advance with such an agenda. The disappointing result of the last COP meeting in Doha highlights how we have to take a lead on this. European Commissioner for Energy Günther Oettinger and the rest of the European Commission need to set an ambitious energy efficiency target for 2030. We cannot wait any longer.”

EGP Co-Chair Monica Frassoni, who will be attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, added:

"We are not encouraged by whispers from the internal debate in the Commission, which say there might be a tendency to settle for a CO2 emissions reduction of just 40%. This target is very close to business as usual, and would not bring any game-changing element to the evolution of the EU towards a highly efficiency, highly renewable-based economy and society. If we want an agreement in 2015, our ambition should be much higher. The European Commission should propose a set of three binding targets for 2030 including a target of 45% renewable energy, a target of at least 55% domestic greenhouse gas reductions and a target of 40% energy saving. This is a minimum.”

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