This publication is about achieving higher energy efficiency in the EU. Increasing energy efficiency is a cost-effective, even profitable way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Lack of efficiency means a real waste of resources and money. Efficiency could easily be improved without reducing living standards. But policy makers have neglected its huge potential. The Energy Efficiency Challenge would establish efficiency at the heart of the European Union energy and climate policy. High efficiency standards need to be introduced for new equipment and for the renovation of old installations, especially buildings. By accepting the challenge, the EU, the world’s largest economy, will set a global standard for efficiency. It will increase competitiveness and reduce dependency on external energy supplies.  And it will make a vital contribution to controlling climate change.
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