Progress towards the three EU targets on climate and energy for 2020 is slowing down, in particular due to rising energy consumption.
Progress on increasing the use of renewable energy and improving energy efficiency is slowing across the European Union, putting at risk the EU’s ability to achieve its energy and emissions reduction targets. Rising energy consumption, particularly in the transport sector, is to blame for the slowdown, according to preliminary data released today in the European Environment Agency’s (EEA) annual analysis on the EU’s progress towards its targets on renewables and energy efficiency. EEA Report (No 16/2018) Trends and projections in Europe 2018
Tracking progress towards Europe’s climate and energy targets shows that Good progress towards the energy efficiency targets was made between 2005 and 2014, but the pace has
slowed in recent years as energy consumption has grown. This makes it more uncertain that the EU’s 2020 energy efficiency objectives and, to an even greater degree, the target for 2030 will be met. Member States will need to implement relevant policies and measures to keep energy consumption in check on the path to the 2030 target. Read more here.