Catch up on the EU Energy Efficiency targets in 5 minutes

 In October 2014, the Commission presented a framework for climate and energy policies in the period 2020 to 2030. This framework proposes ambitious targets as part of the Union’s transition to a competitive low carbon economy. It also promotes reduced energy dependency and more affordable energy for business and consumers via a well-functioning internal market.

What do you know about EU Energy Efficiency targets so far? Are you aware of what you need to do in your professional and private life in order to follow it?

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A key objective of future climate and energy policy is to keep energy affordable for business, industry, and consumers. It portrays that the 2030 framework, and the targets it contains, is supported by the need to meet climate and energy objectives in the most cost-effective manner. An approach as such requires that the Member States have flexibility in how they meet their commitments, taking their national circumstances into account.

The European Commission provided an educational video about the main insights and objectives of the institution concerning the EU Energy Efficiency. Their challenge with us, looking ahead 2020, is to step up renewable energy use by 20%, making a 20% cut in our greenhouse gas emissions and our energy consumption. Achieving savings is the ultimate goal. That is to say, we need to consume less, and consume more efficiently. And most importantly, incorporate energy efficiency in our daily lives.

Something to look forward to, for instance, are houses with practically no energy consumption. Shutters, solar panels, glazing, boilers, filters, pipes and so on are ways of optimizing the use of energy. It is obvious that all these measures mean investing. However, they can pay off quickly, with great reductions on your utility bills.

The bottom line of the clip is how each of us can make a difference with little action. We have a choice. Enjoy.