Polish NGOs appeal to European Commission for binding energy efficiency targets

Publish date: March 8, 2011

A group of eight well respected Polish environmental NGOs have sent an appeal to Günther Oettinger, Director General of the European Commissions Energy Directorate urging that legally binding energy efficiency measures be imposed on the largely coal dependent country, according to a release.

According to the signatories adopting legally binding targets would be of vital importance for Poland. Determined energy efficiency actions are particularly important in coal-based Polish economy as they constitute low-cost measures for limiting greenhouse gases, read the release. 

According to the signatories such actions will be implemented by public institutions only when they become obligatory.

According to the release by the Polish NGOs, binding energy efficiency targets are important for solving several problems for the country’s energy market.

Among those listed by the experts include improving the economy of Poland by loweing energy prices, which will result from efficiency targets; the opportunity to open new energy efficient markets, making Poland a world leader in energy efficiency technologies; an increase of energy security within the EU; conservation of natural resources, and job creation in the new sectors devoted to energy efficiency that the NGOs say will spring up.

A McKinsey analysis recently found that using a majority of energy efficiency measures would be profitable for Poland.

In December 2010, EU Parliament proposed to implementing binding energy efficiency targets of no less than 20 percent by 2020, but majority of European national governments opposed the proposal.

“In coming weeks, the European Commission will revise the European Energy Efficiency Action Plan, so this is very good moment to show that binding target has strong support” in Poland, read the release by the NGOs. 

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