Europe will have to triple the scale of its energy efficiency policies in order to attain its 2020 climate goals, according to a new report to be released today (15 September). The EU could reach its goal of making energy savings of 20% by 2020 simply by realising all cost-effective energy saving measures, according to a study commissioned by the European Climate Foundation and the Regulatory Assistance Project.

This action would save European consumers €78 billion a year by 2020, cutting an average EU household's energy bill by €380 in 2020, estimated consultants Ecofys and the Fraunhofer ISI, who compiled the report. In reality, however, EU policies are currently only delivering a third of the potential energy-saving measures, like insulating buildings or using electric motors in industrial installations, they said.

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