"The recent change in regulation provides for up to 4% of the Cohesion Fund to be invested in energy efficiency for residential buildings," Ms Donnelly told EurActiv. "Our calculations indicate that we are unlikely to achieve a 20% reduction on the current set of policies. It is a challenging target, not least because it means we have to ’decouple’ economic growth from increasing consumption of energy."
"From next January, Ms Donnelly’s office will be holding meetings with European energy agencies and national managing authorities to look at ways of changing their operational programmes. So far, she estimates that EU has achieved energy consumption reductions of "somewhere between 9 and 11%".
"One consequence of the current recession has been a slowing in the pace of renovations of urban buildings. "It will be difficult to kick-start it again," Donnelly admitted. "The kinds of measures that can be introduced at European level for individual owner-occupied homes may be less effective than those that member states themselves can operate."
Source : Euractiv
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See also :
"EU unlikely to meet energy-efficiency goals", Euractiv, 23.12.2010
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