EU energy ministers warm to 2030 efficiency target

Press release - June 13, 2014
Luxembourg/Brussels – Discussions between European energy ministers today in Luxembourg have revealed growing support for energy efficiency, said Greenpeace.

In April 2014, activists protest on the banks of the Danube, opposite the Hungarian parliament, against the country's 80 per cent dependence on fossil fuel energy imports

 

Commenting on the meeting, Greenpeace energy policy adviser Frederic Thoma said: “It’s taken a major crisis with Russia over energy imports to get European governments to start thinking seriously about efficiency again. Most ministers now recognise that efficiency is a cure for energy dependence. It’s also a winner for the climate and a major source of green jobs.

It’s a no-brainer that – with renewables – efficiency can help slash Europe’s ever-growing reliance on imports of oil, gas and coal. This much is clear for all to see, but the question is whether EU leaders are gutsy enough to stand up to the energy companies that want to keep Europe addicted to dirty energy."

 

Contacts:

Frederic Thoma – Greenpeace EU energy policy adviser: +32 (0)486 401895,

Greenpeace EU press desk: +32 (0)2 274 1911+32 (0)2 274 1911,

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