EED deal: EU’s 2030 energy efficiency target set at 32.5% & PEF value at 2.1

A last minute trilogue was called yesterday to finalise the negotiations on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) that sets the EU objective for 2030.

The European Parliament and the Council led by the Bulgarian Presidency could agree on a 32.5% EU-wide energy efficiency target by 2030. This very precise number is a result of a compromise between the 30% Commission initial proposal and the 35% proposed by the European Parliament. In 2014, the Council had called for a 27% target.

 “APPLiA’s members have dedicated significant resources to ensuring the home appliance sector in Europe is first-in-class in delivering energy efficiency improvements, contributing by almost one half to achieving the EU’s 20% energy efficiency target for 2020”, noted APPLiA’s Director-General, Paolo Falcioni. “In light of the EU’s 2030 energy and climate policies, APPLiA re-affirms its support to an ambitious EU objective”, he added.

While the EED deal has been considered as a stepping stone for “a simplified, robust and transparent Energy Union” by the Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Cañete, the Coalition for Energy Savings, of which APPLiA is member, highlighted that more will be needed to harness the full cost-effective potential of energy efficiency products and services. Nevertheless, the increased target is expected to create 840,000 additional jobs in the EU.

Yesterday’s final trilogue also allowed setting a new Primary Energy Factor (PEF) value of 2.1. The PEF is used in the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling legislation, as conversion factor to calculate the energy efficiency of products. It also allows comparing the primary energy consumption of products with the same functionality, such as heating, using different energy carriers on the energy label. This value is currently set at 2.5.

A review of both target and PEF value is scheduled for 2023.