Brussels – PU Europe has blasted the EU Commission’s State of the Energy Union for “failure to apply the Energy Efficiency First principle in its target for energy efficiency.”
Reiterating the role that building efficiency can play in meeting targets, the association’s general secretary Oliver Loebel said EU Commission documents released on 19 November, 2015 show that “member states are not on track to meet 2020 efficiency targets.”
The Commission announced that the EU is heading for 17.6 % primary energy savings by 2020, below the 20% target. PU Europe said that national implementation and access to finance remain major stumbling blocks.
Loebel said: "PU Europe stands behind the targets of the Energy Union, however it’s disappointing to see the Energy Efficiency First principle somewhat abandoned. While efficiency is clearly seen as one of the pillars, it should become the guiding principle for all pillars."
In the statement PU Europe said it is “equally important to provide a coherent set of European rules to promote the deep energy renovation of the European building stock over the next decades.
The Commission documents, said Loebel, on the State of the Energy Union say the EU is “likely to meet its 2020 greenhouse gas emission target”.
Earlier this week, Loebel spoke of the importance of PU in meeting the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive revision, as previously reported at UTECH-polyurethane.com