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Cleaner energy: new binding targets for energy efficiency and use of renewables

A binding target to reduce energy consumption by 40% by 2030 at EU level has been agreed by the Industry and Energy Committee (ITRE). MEPs wanted to be more ambitious than the EU Commission, which had proposed a 30% reduction.

  • EU energy consumption to be reduced by 40% by 2030
  • At least 35% of all EU energy has to come from renewables by 2030
  • Support for consumers who use self-produced energy

Each EU country will have to set its own corresponding national energy-efficiency targets that are needed to reach the overall goal of 40% reduction in energy consumption. These would cover all stages of the energy chain, including generation, transmission, distribution and end-use.

In a separate vote, ITRE Committee MEPs agreed that by 2030, a minimum of 35% of all energy consumed in the EU would need to come from renewable, cleaner sources. For the transport sector, at least 12% of the energy consumed in each member state would have to be produced from renewables, such as the sun or wind.

Access the full press release on the dedicated European Parliament webpage here.

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