Glass for Europe has called for a binding target on energy efficiency in the European Commission's 2030 climate and energy framework to be released on Wednesday 22 January.

Glass for Europe said the absence of a binding target on energy efficiency would be a sign of the European Commission's inability to draw a lesson from the 2020 policy framework, which failed to deliver the much-needed energy efficiency gains.

"Over the past months, we heard many times Commission officials praising energy efficiency improvements as a means to reduce CO2 emissions, to generate robust economic activity and jobs and to reduce energy dependence.

"Yet, we hear rumours that the Commission may not propose any objective for energy efficiency either binding or even indicative," stated Bertrand Cazes, Secretary General of Glass for Europe.

"It would be incomprehensible to count on major energy efficiency improvements to achieve a competitive low carbon economy and yet to dismiss a target on energy efficiency as part of a fifteen-year strategy," he added.