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Reducing energy consumption and eliminating energy wastage are among the main goals of the European Union (EU). EU support for improving energy efficiency will prove decisive for competitiveness, security of supply and for meeting the commitments on climate change made under the Kyoto Protocol. There is significant potential for reducing consumption, especially in energy-intensive sectors such as buildings, manufacturing, energy conversion and transport. At the end of 2006, the EU pledged to cut its annual consumption of primary energy by 20% by 2020. To achieve this goal, it is working to mobilise public opinion, decision-makers and market operators and to set minimum energy efficiency standards and rules on labelling for products, services and infrastructure.
- Energy Efficiency Plan 2011
- Energy efficiency for the 2020 goal
- Action Plan for Energy Efficiency (2007-12)
- Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) (2007-2013)
- The Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund
- Green Paper on energy efficiencyArchives
- "Intelligent Energy for Europe" programme (2003-2006)Archives
- Action Plan for energy efficiency (2000-2006)Archives
DELIVERING ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Energy efficiency of products
- Product energy consumption: Information and labelling (from July 2011)
- Tyre labelling
- Ecodesign for energy-using appliances
- Ecodesign requirements for fluorescent lamps, for high intensity discharge lamps, and for their ballasts
- Energy efficiency of office equipment: The Energy Star Programme (EU - US)
- Hot-water boilers
- Energy efficiency of products