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[Brussels, June 5, 2012]– In a new ranking launched today via a spoof film trailer by CAN Europe and Friends of the Earth Europe, Spain ranked worst out of six countries reviewed for overall performance in the negotiations on the new Energy Efficiency Directive.
The ranking, focusing on the six most populated countries in the EU, is based on Member States' lack of performance and ambition in the EU's proposed Energy Efficiency Directive . Spain was ranked worst-performer, for ignoring the boost that investment in energy savings would give to its ailing economy.
"The UK and Germany - jointly placed second–have behaved nearly as badly as Spain. Both submitted damaging proposals to the draft Directive throughout the negotiations," said Erica Hope, Senior Policy Officer at Climate Action Network Europe.
"We found that France ranked only marginally better, but hopes are high that President Hollande will drive a rapid turnaround in his country's position on Energy Efficiency Directive negotiations. It represents a cost effective way for him, and other European leaders, to stimulate the economy, create jobs and cut deficits," stated Brook Riley, Campaigner for Energy Savings, Friends of the Earth Europe.
Poland scored the same as France, with recent positive rhetoric on energy savings not enough to mask weak positions on most points. Italy is the best of the bad bunch of six countries, having not been especially vocal in the negotiations but equally having not been as actively negative as the other big countries reviewed.
In times of global financial and economic crises, Europe cannot afford to miss the energy efficiency challenge. EU Member states must focus less on short-sighted interests and take responsibility in light of the energy challenges we are facing.