Europe must cut energy use to meet climate goals – EU energy chief

The EU must adopt a "new approach" to energy efficiency or risk failing in its efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions in line with Paris objective, director general for energy Ditte Juul-Jørgensen said on Monday.

“This is one of the issues that we expect to take up as part of the Green Deal, because only by lowering consumption will be achieve our targets,” Juul-Jørgensen said in Brussels at a presentation of the International Energy Agency's recent World Energy Outlook 2019.

Meeting the EU's targets on efficiency is complicated by the fact that energy efficiency of buildings is often a “local consideration”, meaning the Commission and national governments must ensure a policy framework that drives the necessary “significant investment”, she said.

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