Energy Efficiency

April 16, 2012

On the eve of the discussions within the Committee of permanent representatives in the European Union about the draft Energy Efficiency
directive, the ETUC called for member states to stop watering down the proposal and to see energy efficiency as a means of creating hundreds of
thousands of jobs. The European trade union has long called for binding energy efficiency targets to achieve at least an improvement of 20% by 2020, with a  clear role for worker participation and training. According to the European Commission’s original impact assessment, 2.4 million jobs could be created in Europe through its original proposals. On the occasion of the informal meeting of the European Council, the ETUC, together with the European Environmental Bureau (EEB), demanded that European
leaders promote investment in the greening of the economy in order to stimulate Europe’s recovery and job creation.