Energy savings The cheapest, cleanest, safest energy is the energy we don’t actually need

23 April 2020

To weather the COVID-19 crisis, Europe’s energy poor urgently need a green bailout - providing decent, zero-carbon homes for all.

Blog by Clémence Hutin, Climate justice campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe, and coordinator of the Right to Energy coalition. Originally published in Euractiv.

6 February 2020

Europe’s energy system is deeply wasteful - our energy consumption is too high, and we're not improving.

Inefficient buildings losing heat from all sides. Cheap untaxed flights over short distances. Ad billboards flashing images into the night sky. Our economies consume tremendous amounts of energy - preventing the switch to 100% renewable energy.

Our current energy system is deeply wasteful, and this is holding back the transition to a fossil-free world. Using less energy is the easiest and fastest way to cut CO2 emissions, fossil fuel imports, and energy bills.

With up to 1 in 4 Europeans today living in energy poverty, energy efficiency also helps make homes more affordable to heat, cool and light. This is why Friends of the Earth Europe is campaigning for ambitious energy savings action from governments and the EU.

For enquiries please contact:

  • Clemence Hutin
  • Susann Scherbarth