New energy efficiency agreement encourages citizens to pursue renewables

By 2030, EU member states are expected to encourage citizens to generate renewable energy for their own consumption and sell back excess.

The target, as part of a provisional agreement reached by the European Parliament, calls for greater energy efficiency and focus on renewables in the next decade to come.

Under the agreement, member states are expected to increase energy efficiency by 32.5%, along renewables making up to 32% of energy consumption by 2030.

It’s hoped that through greater energy efficiency, Europeans will see their energy bills decrease.

The new agreement is hoped to also improve air quality and climate as the continent moves more and more away from external suppliers of oil and gas.

To do this, it’s understood that every member state will need to present a ten-year “integrated national energy and climate plan” with national targets, contributions, policies and measures by 31 December 2019, and every ten years from that date.

Energy efficiency rapporteur Miroslav Poche (S&D, CZ) said: “Increased energy efficiency is a win-win policy for all Europeans. It is a good deal for our citizens, as it will bring about major reductions in energy consumption, thus reducing bills. But it is also great news for the competitiveness of European industry, reducing costs and stimulating investment.”