Energy efficiency action plan


In the struggle for lower carbon emissions, the public interest mainly focuses on the power production side. Yet, the subject of energy efficiency is at least just as important.

After all, energy that is not consumed in the first place is the cleanest energy. Against this backdrop, the Federal Cabinet passed the Third National Energy Efficiency Action Plan in late June. It describes the main existing instruments and measures to increase the energy efficiency in Germany and contains an estimation of the development of the energy consumption until 2020.

Moreover, the new National Energy Efficiency Action Plan provides an overview of the growing market for energy services and the associated perspectives. By submitting this report, Germany fulfils a requirement imposed by the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. The complete 40-page action plan is available for download on the website of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (

A look at last year clearly underlines the potential for further improvement of the energy efficiency. Back then, the EU published minimum energy efficiency standards for five product groups: heaters, hot water supply, vacuum cleaners, network stand-by systems and computers. If implemented successfully, the energy consumption in Europe is to drop by more than 700 TWh/year from 2020.