Consultation Response
18.10.2021 IOGP

IOGP response to the public consultation on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) proposal

This document provides IOGP’s response to the EU public consultation on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) proposal.

Context

IOGP is aligned with the “energy efficiency first” principle. EU policymakers should, however, consider that in some sectors and regions it will be essential to support a more efficient use of fossil fuels. Furthermore, switching to renewable or low-carbon solutions will require more energy use, which is in contrast to the requirements of the energy efficiency target.

In this context, IOGP is concerned that the EED proposal does not acknowledge the transitional role of natural gas or the potential of efficient natural gas-based technologies to contribute to the EU’s energy efficiency objectives.

Key Points

  • All technologies, including natural gas, which can contribute to meet the EU’s energy efficiency objectives while supporting emission reductions should be recognized in the final revised EED
  • The final revised EED should recognize natural gas as the fossil fuel with the lowest carbon intensity, in order to facilitate the energy transition in all regions of Europe and ensure consistency with other proposals under the Fit for 55 package which make this distinction

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