‘Clean Energy for all Europeans’ Package

[Extracted from the European Commission]

This document presents the numerous benefits the new EU rules will provide, from different angles – environmental, economic, security of supply, consumer, international, and from a longer time scale. The key message is that these changes are good for the planet, good for growth and jobs, and good for consumers. It is no coincidence that it is called the ‘Clean energy for all Europeans’ package.

In the face of the 21st century’s global energy challenges, the EU is leading the clean energy transition: striving for a more secure, competitive and sustainable energy system which will address the existential challenge of our time – climate change. By setting ambitious energy and climate targets for 2030, the EU is giving a clear sense of direction; in addition to these targets, it provides a stable legal framework to foster the necessary investment. But this is not the end of the road: with its 2050 long-term climate neutrality strategy, the EU is also looking further ahead than 2030, and setting the foundations for what a cleaner planet will look like by the middle of the century and beyond.

International Energy Agency: Water-Energy Nexus Report

[Extracted from the International Energy Agency]

Water and energy underpin economic and social development. Water is needed for each stage of energy production, and energy is crucial for the provision and treatment of water. This interdependency has significant implications for both energy and water security. With both water and energy needs set to increase, it has become ever more important to understand the linkages between the two, to anticipate future stress points and to implement policies, technologies and practices that soundly address the associated risks.

In the energy community, much of the attention has centred on the impact of water availability on the different processes of the energy sector and the energy sector’s impact on water quality and quantity. The World Energy Outlook (WEO) assessed this very topic in 2012 and in the years since, has provided deep dives on different components of this issue, including the impact of water scarcity on coal-fired power plants in India and China.

What is less well understood is how much energy the water sector uses—this information is vital if we are to identify chokepoints and implement effective solutions. To this end, in addition to updated projections for future freshwater requirements for energy production under different scenarios, this excerpt from the World Energy Outlook 2016 undertook analysis to provide a first systematic global estimate of the amount of energy used to supply water to consumers. It assesses how much energy is required for a range of processes in the water industry, including wastewater treatment, distribution and desalination and how these needs might grow over the next 25 years. It also lays out where existing energy efficiency and energy recovery potentials can be exploited.

The chapter draws on the broader analysis and modelling in the World Energy Outlook 2016 and makes reference to two scenarios. Based on a detailed review of policy announcements and plans, the New Policies Scenario reflects the way that governments, individually or collectively, see their energy sectors developing over the coming decades. Its starting point is the policies and measures that are already in place, but it also takes into account, in full or in part, the aims, targets and intentions that have been announced, even if these have yet to be enshrined in legislation or the means for their implementation are still taking shape. The climate pledges, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), that are the building blocks of the Paris Agreement provide a rich and authoritative source of guidance for this scenario. The decarbonisation scenario referred to in this excerpt is the 450 Scenario and it is quite different in design from the New Policies Scenario. The New Policies Scenario starts with certain assumptions on policy and then sees where they take the energy sector. The 450 Scenario starts from a certain vision of where the energy sector needs to end up and then work back to the present. The objective of this scenario is to limit the average global temperature increase in 2100 to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Making this excerpt available for World Water Day is an attempt to draw attention to critically important issues on both sides of the energy-water nexus. The findings show that there are ways to mitigate risks. Policies and technologies already exist that can help ease chokepoints and reduce demand in both sectors, meaning that water does not have to be a limiting factor for the energy sector and a rise in water demand does not have to be accompanied by an equal rise in energy demand. However, there are trade-offs to consider and successful action will require a strong, coordinated focus across different branches and levels of government, as well as collaboration between policy-makers, researchers, industry and consumers. This report bears witness to the importance and benefits of such collaboration, as many research institutions, companies and experts provided input to make this report a success.

Art. 7 Energy Efficiency Directive: new period, new savings

Member States’ plans are instrumental in reaching 2030 energy efficiency target

A new publication by the Coalition for Energy Savings provides a stakeholder interpretation of the new elements of Article 7, as well as recommendations. It targets implementing authorities in Member States, who can already build on the extensive and varied experience accumulated since 2014, and stakeholders who can engage in the design of 2021-2030 national activities.

New stakeholder recommendations on fulfilling the EU’s annual energy savings requirement

Member States’ plans are instrumental in reaching 2030 energy efficiency target

A new publication by the Coalition for Energy Savings provides recommendations for Member States planning for fulfilling their annual energy savings obligations post 2020. The minimum amount of energy savings set out by Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), which was revised in 2018, is increasing after 2020. This will boost the energy efficiency markets and is instrumental in reaching the EU’s 2030 energy efficiency target.

By the end of 2019, Member States are required to notify their policies and measures and explain how they add up to meeting the energy savings requirement set out by Article 7, as part of their integrated national energy and climate plans (NECPs).

 

Over the period from 2021 to 2030, the total amount of energy to be saved in the EU under Article 7 equates to more than three times the annual energy consumption of France, meaning that it will be a key contribution to meeting the EU 32.5% energy efficiency target and to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The new and more demanding legal requirements for the 2021-2030 period will drive Member States to revisit, adapt and reinforce their policy portfolios. New provisions adopted last year should ensure that energy savings delivered each year by Member States under Article 7 are real and additional to business-as-usual.

Implementation issues have been observed in the first period of Article 7, which jeopardises our chances of reaching the 2020 energy efficiency target”, said Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General of the Coalition for Energy Savings. “The good news is that the revised Directive comes with more legal clarity and more ambition. Our publication provides a stakeholder analysis of the new provisions, as well as recommendations for Member States on how to put in place sound policies and measures that maximise benefits for citizens and companies”.

The Coalition for Energy Savings calls on Member States to deliver energy savings with sound Article 7 policies and measures. This will fast-track energy efficiency in national energy and climate plans and help Member States boost their energy efficiency contributions, which so far have proved to be insufficient to reach the EU 32.5% target.

Advancing energy efficiency on the global agenda

IPEEC Activity report

Energy efficiency now seen as underpinning a 1.5°C future

 

The proven potential for energy efficiency as a major contributor to global sustainable development and to promoting human prosperity goals – while helping to mitigate climate change – has driven IPEEC activities since its inception in 2009. Ten years on, it is timely to ask whether the message has been received and to what effect.

In October 2018, we saw this message amplified when the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a Special Report in which the Low Energy Demand (LED) Scenario delivered the fastest results in the most efficient manner. This scenario requires strategic action across four areas: reducing global energy demand; accelerating decarbonisation of energy supply; increasing renewable energy; and large-scale afforestation (IPCC, 2018). Clearly, energy efficiency plays a central role in the LED Scenario, with reduction in demand also lowering energy-related emissions.

Energy efficiency gained global attention in other key fora. The UN Sustainable Development Goal #7, adopted in 2015, sets the ambitious target to double the rate of improvement for energy efficiency, within the wider goal to achieve universal access to clean, affordable energy by 2030 (SEFORALL, 2015). Additionally, it was shown that energy efficiency measures can deliver almost half of the 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target set out in the agreement reached by the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), known as the COP21 Paris Agreement (UNFCCC, 2018).