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Energy Security Strategy fails to explore full savings potential

EEB Reactions

[Brussels 28 May 2014]

The European Energy Security Strategy [1] published today fails to provide a real and credible solution to Europe’s overdependence on imports on fossil energy sources. Despite being asked in March by heads of EU governments to make energy efficiency central to this strategy [2], it has moved too far down the list of priorities in the Commission’s proposal.

The political crisis in Ukraine has again underlined the risk Europe runs if it continues to fail to drastically reduce its dependency on energy imports and to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions. However, the Commission’s strategy paper appears to continue reacting to energy supply crises rather than addressing the underlying factors hampering Europe’s energy security.

Many energy saving and efficiency measures can be executed quickly to reduce the need to import gas from third countries. The EU has a significant potential of 41% end-use energy savings by 2030, but tapping the potential will require vision and decisive action of EU leaders.

Susanna Williams, EEB Policy Officer on Energy and Climate Change reacted: “Europe’s number one priority should be to exploit our abundant indigenous resources of energy savings and renewable energy. This is the only truly sustainable solution which does not rely on costly and unsustainable alternatives such as diversification of gas supply routes or the development of shale gas.

ENDS

[1] European Energy Security Strategy
[2] “Efforts to reduce Europe's high gas energy dependency rates should be intensified, especially for the most dependent Member States. Moderating energy demand through enhanced energy efficiency should be the first step which will also contribute to other energy and climate objectives.” Conclusions, European Council, 21 March http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Data/docs/pressdata/en/ec/141749.pdf (page 10)

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Alison Abrahams - EEB Communications Officer at alison.abrahams@eeb.org on +32 (0) 2289 13 09 or +32 (0) 489 304 962
Susanna Williams - EEB Policy Officer for Energy and Climate Change susanna.williams@eeb.org +32 (0)2 289 13 03