Greece’s Stathakis says EU should set non-binding target for 30 pct energy savings

European Union member-states should aim for energy savings of about 30 pct in 2020-2030 but this target should be non-binding, Greece’s Environment and Energy Minister George Stathakis said on Thursday at the EU energy ministers’ council in Malta.

A 30 pct target would ensure that the targets under the Paris Agreement for the climate are met but countries need greater leeway to adapt to this, he noted.

Regarding energy efficiency obligations, which including binding commitments by member-states for investment in building energy efficiency and energy savings products, the minister again called for flexibility in the methods for defining these. The size of these obligations must correspond to the fiscal margins that each member-state has for such investments, he said.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Stathakis signed a clean energy policy proclamation for the EU’s islands. This will be followed by the creation of a forum for islands, whose inaugural meeting will take place in the city of Chania, Crete next September.