June 22, 2005, the EU Commission launched a Green Paper on energy efficiency
to start a discussion on how the EU countries can benefit from cost-effective
energy efficiency measures. The debate lasted throughout 2005, and to
guide the discussion the paper identified 25 key questions for the discussion.
The EU energy ministers meeting on June 28, 2005 welcomed the Green
Paper. The ministers as well as the EU Parliament discussed the
paper in more
detail in the autumn.
Consecutively to these debates, the EU Commission published an Action
Plan for Energy Efficiency (COM(2006)545 final) on October 19, 2006. The
review of the Action Plan is here.
June 22, 2005, INFORSE-Europe commented on the Green Paper, asking
for concrete activities and targets. While the initial press release
for targets of minimum 20% for 2020 and 14% for 2015, INFORSE-Europe
finds that higher targets could be cost effective with the current
high energy prices (the 20% target for 2020 is mentioned in the Green
as an example of a cost-effective target, based on previous, lower
press release ( pdf
file 226kB), welcoming the Green Paper and
asking Europe to do more.
Read the Green Paper on the European
Commission's web site.