HOUSEHOLDS could save some €1,000 a year by implementing the European Commission’s 2020 energy efficiency targets, participants at a workshop run by the European Commission’s representation in Cyprus were told yesterday.
The EU aims for an overall 20 per cent reduction in Europe’s energy consumption by 2020, and is pushing for greater efficiency at all stages of the energy chain, including introducing energy efficient buildings.
As part of meeting 2020 targets EU households could save €1,000 a year, while an estimated 400,000 job positions could be created across the EU, said Thea Pieridou, chief communications officer for the European Commission representation in Cyprus.
She was one of the speakers at a workshop on how energy efficiency can help overcome the ongoing debt crisis, organised as part of the European year of citizens.
The EU’s policies on reducing carbon emissions, increasing energy efficiency use and ultimately bringing building’s energy use to zero will necessitate training and recruiting architects, engineers, construction workers and other players.
Buildings will need to be designed and built in a “very different way,” said the head of the European Parliament office in Cyprus, Tasos Georgiou.
The commerce ministry’s permanent secretary Stelios Chimonas said that Cyprus plans to draw from EU funds to integrate renewable energy sources and energy efficiency moves while using natural gas as an energy source should reduce costs energy further in the coming years, Chimonas said. But in addition to that, consumers need to be armed with information and be armed with tools to help them control their energy usage better, the energy regulator’s chief George Shammas said.