Energy efficiency (“EE”) is at the cornerstone of the European energy policy and one of the main targets of the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth adopted by the European Council in June 2010. This includes the objective for a 20% reduction in primary energy consumption by 2020. As energy related emissions account for almost 80% of total EU greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions, the efficient use of energy can make an important contribution to achieving a low-carbon economy and combating climate change.
Buildings account for approximately 40% of final energy consumption. Investing in EE measures in buildings can yield substantial energy savings, while supporting economic growth, sustainable development and creating jobs. Greater use of energy-efficient appliances and technologies, combined with renewable energy, are cost effective ways of enhancing the security of energy supply.
Sectors: District energy, ESCO, Finance
Country / Region: EuropeTags: climate change, crop yields, economic growth, emissions, energy, energy efficiency, energy policies, energy supply, sustainable development, targets
Knowledge Object: Publication / Report
Published by: EPEC
Publishing year: 2012