2020 (links), 2008 (edit), 2005.
22, 2005, the EU Commission launched a "Green
Paper on Energy Efficiency or Doing More With Less" to start a discussion
on how the EU countries can benefit from cost-effective
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 on June 22, 2005 ( pdf
file 226kB), welcoming the Green Paper and
asking Europe to do more.
The original communication on the "Green Paper on Energy Efficiency or
Doing More With Less" was at the European Commission's web
site of ec.europa.eu/energy/demand, which
was moved to
EU Green Paper on Energy Efficiency from
where you can download also the EU
Green Paper document as pdf.