EU policy

Energy efficiency is key to the transition towards a more competitive, secure and sustainable energy system.

The EU has set itself a 20% energy efficiency target by 2020 when compared to the projected 2020 energy use levels. In November 2016, the EC proposed in the framework of its clean energy package a new 30% binding energy efficiency target for 2030. The package includes a revised Energy Efficiency Directive. The proposal still needs to be discussed and adopted by the European Parliament and the Council before being transposed by Member States.

Our view

Petrochemicals Europe and the Cefic to which its belongs support the shift towards a low-carbon economy and the measures that accompany them – as long as they are cost-effective, technology-neutral, based on scientific facts and not discriminatory towards one sector over another.

The European chemical industry is proud to perform better in terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction than other industrial sectors. In addition, the European chemical industry enables other industry sectors to innovate in technologies that improve energy efficiency.