The EU has agreed on a goal to reduce energy consumption by 11.7 percent by 2030

The EU has agreed on a goal to reduce energy consumption by 11.7 percent by 2030

The EU agreed on the goal of reducing energy consumption by 11.7 percent by 2030

Smoking chimney, emissions – illustrative photo.

Brussels – The European Union should reduce total final energy consumption by 11.7 percent by 2030 against the values ​​it estimated for the end of the decade three years ago. The representatives of the member states and the European Parliament agreed on this last night. They thus negotiated the terms of the next in a series of climate package standards, the aim of which is to reduce the production of greenhouse gases by the end of the decade. For the standard to enter into force, states and MEPs still have to officially confirm it.

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The Energy Efficiency Directive is part of a set of standards known as Fit for 55, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas production by at least 55 percent by 2030 against 1990 levels. Based on the form agreed today, states should increase efficiency from 2024 and achieve such savings that the total final energy consumption decreases by an average of 1.49 percent per year. The previous plan assumed a value of 0.8 percent. The total newly agreed target, according to the calculations of the EU authorities, corresponds to energy savings obtained from 763 million tons of oil.

“Energy savings are a key step in saving the planet. Europeans have proven in the past months that they are able and ready to face this challenge and our industry has proven that it can optimize the use of energy,” European Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said of the agreement. He thus alluded to the reduction of energy consumption related in particular to inflation and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The new rules include, among other things, a more significant share of the public sector in savings, while large enterprises will have to incorporate an effective system to manage their consumption into their operations. energy. Member states will be tasked with promoting the use of local sources of heating and cooling in cities with over 45,000 inhabitants.