By using energy more efficiently, Europeans can help protect the environment (and at the same time it will help lower their energy bills)!
Energy efficiency needs to be improved throughout the full energy chain, from production to final consumption. At the same time, the benefits of energy savings must outweigh the costs, for instance those that result from carrying out renovations. EU measures therefore focus on sectors where the potential for savings is greatest, such as buildings, or where coordinated approach is required. Let’s see how much you really know about the Energy Efficiency by taking the test below!
In 2012, the European Union set a 20% energy savings target by 2020 (when compared to the projected use of energy in 2020) – this is roughly equivalent to turning off 400 power stations. In December 2018, the revised Energy Efficiency Directive entered into force establishing a headline EU energy efficiency target for 2030 of at least 32.5% (compared to projections) with a clause for a possible upwards revision by 2023. This is just one of the energy efficiency initiatives that are taking place in the European Union to reduce their reliance on external suppliers of oil and gas.