Energy efficiency and renewables working in sinergy to reach climate neutrality by 2050

Climate change is defining our era. If we do not take bold action we risk missing the moment where we can avoid the disastrous consequences of climate change, for people and for the natural systems that support us all. We are at a defining moment and we must take actions to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 and limit global warming. With energy efficiency and renewable energy working together, the decarbonisation of our economy will go much faster and at a lower cost. Energy efficiency and renewable energy can bring about more than 90% of the energy-related CO2 emission reductions needed to meet Paris Agreement targets. In the transition towards a new decarbonised energy system, it is clear that we cannot continue to look at climate challenges in isolation. We need a system-wide approach in which energy efficiency improvements make it easier to increase the share of renewables in the final energy mix, and vice versa.In this context and to provide inputs to policy and decision makers ahead of a new EU institutional cycle, the European Alliance to Save Energy and the partners of the Interreg MED EU co-funded project COMPOSE organise a policy debate to reflect upon the synergies between energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.The policy debate will be followed by presentations of concrete projects showcasing how combined and mutually reinforcing actions on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources impact on the EU long-term decarbonisation objectives.