Out of the 27 members of the European Union, just three have published plans to meet compulsory energy savings targets which the body co-ordinating the plans considers to be credible.
The plans confirmed for Denmark, Croatia and Ireland commit their governments to cutting their national energy use by 1.5 per cent a year between 2014 and 2020.
But proposals submitted by 13 other states – including Germany and Sweden – were said by the Coalition for Energy Savings to be either incomplete or of questionable quality.
Stefan Scheuer, secretary general of the coalition, said that, despite leaders across the EU agreeing that their countries needed to cut their energy demand, "most governments' implementation plans, in particular those from central and eastern Europe, are not ambitious and do not convince us that the minimum energy savings will be reached."
And he laid down the gauntlet to all countries, stressing that they were risking violating legislation which they had agreed on, which was put in place under the Energy Efficiency Directive of 2012.
Its central aims include greatly reducing energy wastage, and slashing members' dependency on imported energy sources.