Budapest, May 19 (MTI) – A 3 percent increase in the energy efficiency target proposed by the European Commission for 2030 would place significant burdens on member states and Hungary does not support it, the development ministry said on Friday.
State secretary for energy affairs András Aradszky told the informal EU summit in Malta on Thursday that Hungary does not agree with amending the energy efficiency directive and raising the target from 27 percent to 30 percent by 2030, the ministry said in a statement.
He proposed that the current target should be reviewed at a later date considering that its early amendment would result in unplanned extra expenses for member states. The success of new energy efficiency policies needs to be analysed and the next step should be made only after the assessment of good practices and the exchange of information, Aradszky said.
In order to fulfil the community goals, it will be necessary for the member states to receive continued financial support, he added.
At the same time, Hungary supports a 1.4 percent compromise proposal on energy saving obligations which would guarantee the necessary flexibility for member states to set their energy efficiency targets, the statement said.