Unleashing the Energy Efficiency potentials in the EU water sector

The Energy Efficiency First principle is a powerful instrument to meet our climate goals at the least cost possible. According to a recent model scenario, aligned with the Paris Agreement, of the International Energy Agency, 76% of the GHG emissions reductions required in the European Union (EU) will need to be achieved through energy efficiency measures1. This means that energy waste shall be stopped in every sector with no exception, and water is certainly one of them.

The drinking and waste water sector is a high energy consumer, yet none of the water related directives – the Water Framework Directive, the Drinking Water Directive and the Urban Waste-Water Treatment Directive – covers energy efficiency. The Energy Efficiency Directive could also help address this potential.

Investing in Energy Efficiency to eradicate Energy Poverty – How can the Energy Union Governance Regulation help?

“Energy Efficiency First” is a principle that has gained growing visibility in European energy and climate policies and is of central importance in removing energy inefficiency as a major and persistent cause of energy poverty. Energy Efficiency First should be a pillar of the Energy Union. It means considering the potential for energy efficiency solutions in all decisions related to energy planning and investment. Concretely, it is about systematically comparing the cost-effectiveness and the added value of energy efficiency measures and energy supply solutions (considering also the externalities such as jobs and economic growth, energy security and climate change mitigation objectives). It boils down to making an informed choice to optimally invest taxpayers’ money and prioritize energy efficiency investments whenever they deliver more benefits.

Therefore, energy efficiency should be recognized as an energy resource and compete on equal footing with other supply side resources.

The Efficiency First concept has been championed by the Commissioners in charge of the Energy Union and further operationalized in proposed amendments to the legislative framework, including the Governance of the Energy Union Regulation, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Market Design files. One of the main goals of this legislative framework is to improve the energy performance of the EU building stock todeliverenergy andcost savings for all,contributingtoenhanced competitiveness for businesses and a fair deal for citizens.

A climate-proof budget to drive the EU clean energy transition to a low carbon economy

 

The European Union (EU) Multi Annual Financial Framework (MFF) post 2020 will define the financial means to address societal, economic and environmental challenges the EU is currently facing.

The MFF is also a unique opportunity for the EU to demonstrate coherence with its long-term energy and climate policy objectives and deliver tangible benefits to European citizens.

With that in mind and in line with the EU’s Paris Agreement commitments, this paper presents the views of a cross-sectoral alliance of businesses united by the shared vision that energy efficiency, by driving growth, jobs and delivering European added value, is the key to a cost-efficient and competitive decarbonization of our economy.

 

 

Recommendations on compromise amendments on EPBD revision

The present text highlights AMs and CAs on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive that EU-ASE recommends supporting, opposing or improving in view of ITRE Committee vote expected on Wednesday 11 October, 2017.

This analysis was carried out against the priorities and policy recommendations agreed by the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) in its Position Papers published in March 2017.

 

Clean Energy for All Europeans package, revisions of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)

Clean Energy for All Europeans package, revisions of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)

The “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package proposed by the European Commission on 30 November 2016 is an important step forward in implementing the EU’s Energy Union strategy and in supporting the EU’s energy transition towards a carbon-neutral society by early mid 21st century.

A long-term EU binding target provides Member States with a clear direction to plan policies and set up energy efficiency strategies. Businesses need a clear and stable long-term framework at the European level to catalyse energy efficiency investments, which are a precondition to creating innovation. A binding target provides investment certainty and increases investor confidence.

The requirement to increase energy savings by 1.5% per year under art. 7 is a central provision of the EED. The Commission estimates that approximately half of the additional savings needed to achieve a 30% energy efficiency target in 2030 will come from its extension beyond 2020.

Existing buildings represent one of the largest opportunities for energy savings. Although buildings consume 40% of final energy in Europe, 75% of them were constructed with low (or no) energy efficiency requirements.

 

 

 

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