Energy savings The cheapest, cleanest, safest energy is the energy we don’t actually need

10 January 2018

Over the last 12 months Friends of the Earth Europe has focused more and more of our climate justice work on energy poverty - an issue at the intersection of social and environmental policy.

A package of legislative proposals that will guide energy policy all across Europe until 2030 is currently being negotiated in Brussels and will determine the level of action for EU member states for the next crucial decade to stop runaway climate change.

18 December 2017

European Union ministers set a dangerous direction for the continent’s energy future at a summit in Brussels today. [1]

Energy ministers agreed to stick with the low target for renewable energy of 27% by 2030. This figure would actually mean a slow-down in the current growth of renewable energy, and was agreed despite Denmark and Portugal signaling that they wanted a higher target. [2]

By weakening definitions and provisions on citizen and community ownership, ministers turned their backs on European citizens’ chance to participate in and benefit from the energy transition.

Using less energy is the best way to cut CO2 emissions, oil and gas imports, and energy bills. This is why Friends of the Earth Europe is calling for binding EU energy saving targets. Binding targets are the only way to make sure governments cut energy use and people get all the benefits of energy savings.

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