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Key Lawmaker Proposes Boost to EU’s Energy Efficiency Target

  • Efficiency goal for 2030 should be boosted to 43%: Fuglsang
  • EU wants to be energy independent and climate neutral
Engineers work on installing a heat pump, which is much more energy efficient than burning gas to heat buildings.

Engineers work on installing a heat pump, which is much more energy efficient than burning gas to heat buildings.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The European Union should significantly boost energy efficiency if it wants to reach climate neutrality by 2050 and wean the region off imported fossil fuels faster, a key lawmaker said.

Niels Fuglsang, who is guiding the regulation through parliament, proposed amendments raising the 2030 efficiency goal to 43% of final energy consumption from the 36% suggested by the European Commission. Under the plans, member states also would have to increase the pace of energy savings, while keeping the share of gas in heating and cooling systems steady.