Make EU energy efficiency goals binding or ‘risk failure’, warns Germany

Germany has warned that EU member states could fail to meet new energy efficiency targets for 2030 if they are not made mandatory, ahead of the European Commission’s official publication of proposals in December 2016

Germany has warned that EU member states could fail to meet new energy efficiency targets for 2030 if they are not made mandatory, ahead of the European Commission’s official publication of proposals in December 2016.

The country said that maintaining non-binding goals beyond 2020 guarantees member states will have the flexibility to adjust their energy efficiency policy to national circumstances. But it warned: “[This approach] entails the risk of failure to meet targets and can lead to friction between member states and the Commission.”

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