Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and Energy Union Governance 2030 Regulation to drive the EU energy transition

Dear Ministers, 

I am writing to you on behalf of the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE), a multi-sectoral business organisation whose members have operations across the 28 Member States of the European Union, directly employ 340.000 people in Europe and have an aggregated annual turnover of €115 bn.

The EED and Governance 2030 are central to the EU post-2020 energy framework and consequently to the success of the European energy transition. From a business perspective, these two pieces of legislation -if correctly designed -have the potential to provide investors with the much-needed certainty and predictability for investments, increase the competitiveness of the European industry, generate economic growth and create millions of jobs across the continent.

We welcomed your statement on the EED General Approach reached in July 2017 and your willingness “to pursue the negotiations with a view to improve the ambition of the (EED) directive” and we also appreciated your continued support for a strong EU Governance 2030 framework. We trust you will maintain this ambition, so as to achieve a better result than the one that could be expected from the current General approach of the Council. This is all the more important in this final stage of the legislative process, as we fear that several key provisions in both proposals might be at risk. A poor outcome of negotiations could severely affect the capacity of the EU to deliver its commitments in the framework of the Energy Union and the Paris Agreement.

The Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) as opportunity for citizens and business

Dear Minister Zypries, 

We represent a group of cross-sectorial companies with factories and offices across the 28 Member States of the European Union and we are writing to you about the forthcoming EED trilogue negotiations.

The EED is central to the EU post-2020 energy framework and the success of the German and European Energiewende. It will lead to increased competitiveness, jobs creation and economic growth and will provide business with the much-needed certainty and predictability for energy efficiency related investments. Beyond the market growth and economic performance, the EED will benefit the environment, reduce GHG emissions, reinforce energy security, improve air quality and cut energy costs for households, which in turn will alleviate energy poverty.

We are concerned because two key elements of the EED are at stake i.e. the energy efficiency target by 2030 and the 1.5% annual energy saving target. Both these provisions are necessary to deliver the EU commitments made in the framework of the Energy Union and the Paris Agreement.

In this sense and ahead of the forthcoming trilogue negotiations we urge you to:

• support the binding nature of the EU energy efficiency target to strengthen investor confidence

• increase the level of ambition of the target to a cost-effective 40% by 2030, expressed both in primary and final energy terms

• extend the 1.5% annual energy savings obligations beyond 2020 (perspective 2050)

• avoid double counting and loopholes that would undermine the effectiveness of Art.7 and of the whole Directive

• include transport energy consumption in the baseline when calculating the savings.

 

So far, on this legislative dossier, Germany, together with France, has played a leading role in driving ambition in the Council. Thus, we are confident that under your leadership a progressive coalition of Member States can hopefully support a strong EED which, combined with a well-crafted Governance 2030 mechanism, is a win-win for a prosperous economic future of the entire European Union.

 

Need for strong Governance regulation to establish a comprehensive approach to long-term planning

Dear ITRE Committee Coordinators,

I am writing to you on behalf of the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE), a multi-sectoral business organisation whose members have operations across the 28 Member States of the European Union. Our members directly employ 340.000 people in Europe and have an aggregated annual turnover of €115 bn.

The Energy Union Governance Regulation is key for businesses. Robust and certain long-term governance in the realms of climate and energy is a key driver for any future business decisions because it guarantees an adequate implementation of EU energy efficiency legislations. In addition, it ensures the compatibility between short and long-term measures, thus providing certainty and predictability for investments taken by public and private stakeholders.

As such, in view of the forthcoming vote (January 17) on the Regulation on the Energy Union Governance we urge you to support the text as adopted by the ITRE and ENVI Committees and in particular Amendment 123cp, which establishes a comprehensive approach to long-term planning.

The 2030 and 2050 plans and strategies developed by Member states will play an important role in securing investments in Europe. In particular, the 2050 strategies will provide clarity about the market prospects in the long-run establishing regulatory stability, and with this, the business confidence necessary for investment and thus job growth. In this perspective and to boost investments, the long-term strategies should include the following elements included in the Amendment 123cp:

1. A binding template to allow for comparability of the different plans among Member States;

2. A deadline set in 2019 instead of 2020 to allow for the joint development of the 2030 plans and 2050 strategies and ensure consistency;

3. A target of net 0 greenhouse gas emission by 2050 to support the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Energy savings achieved through energy efficiency investments are a chief enabler of sustainable growth and the energy transition. The business community is extremely supportive and in need of a strong governance system, which represents the backbone of such transition and can guarantee the delivery of the targets, allow comparability, and ensure consistency between long-term goals and short-term decisions.

Yours sincerely,

Monica Frassoni

Revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED): a plenary vote of strategic relevance for EU competitiveness and increased productivity. 

To the kind attention of the Group Leaders of EPP, S&D, ECR, ALDE, GUE/NGL, Greens/EFA 

Cc: EED review Rapporteur and Shadow Rapporteurs 

Harry Verhaar 

Chairman of the Board of Directors

European Alliance to Save Energy (EU‐ASE)

Brussels, 15 January 2018

I am writing to you on behalf of the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE). EU-ASE is a multi-sectoral business organisation whose members have operations across the 28 Member States of the European Union, employ 340.000 people in Europe and have an aggregated annual turnover of €115 bn.

This week the Plenary of the European Parliament will vote on the report on the revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED): this will be the last opportunity to set higher negotiating requests before trilogue starts with the Council, which has already adopted a weak position on this file in June, during the Maltese EU Presidency.

The vote has a strategic relevance for the business community and will have a long-term impact on investments and sustainable growth in Europe.

Investments in energy efficiency create multiple benefits for our society, improve energy productivity and increase the competitiveness of the European economy. Energy efficiency provides consumers with tangible benefits through reduced energy bills, creation of local jobs, improved air quality and comfort, and strengthened overall energy security.

In this perspective, the EU 2030 binding 40% energy efficiency target and the continuation of the annual 1.5% energy saving obligation after 2020 are two necessary and adequate measures to help the EU to meet its Paris Agreement commitments and strategically unlock the full cost-effective potential of energy efficiency investments in the entire energy system.

Any attempt to weaken these targets would mean to set policy goals below the business-as-usual energy efficiency improvement trajectory and will have no real-life impacts.

As such, we would like to reiterate that, far from imposing a burden on our economies, these targets are essential to create the needed certainty for investors and a common sense of direction enabling consistent investments and progress toward ambitious milestones.

With this in mind, we urge you to thoroughly consider the political relevance of the forthcoming vote on the EED revision and defend the report as adopted in ITRE Committee.

We would be extremely supportive of a vote on the EED revision, which is fully coherent with previous positions adopted by the European Parliament, is aligned with the satisfactory compromise on Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD) reached by co-legislators, and is consistent with the ongoing effort to simplify public government accounting rules to foster energy efficiency investments.

Yours sincerely,

Harry Verhaar

Urge to support the Compromise Amendments 2A, 6A, 18A, 31A and 45 on the Regulation on Energy Union Governance to be voted on 7 December in a joint ITRE-ENVI Committee meeting

Brussels, 5 December 2017

Dear Member of the European Parliament,

I am writing to you on behalf of the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE), a multi-sectoral business organisation whose members have operations across the 28 Member States of the European Union. Our members directly employ 340.000 people in Europe and have an aggregated annual turnover of €115 bn.

The Energy Union Governance 2030 Regulation is key for businesses.

We would like to urge you to support the Compromise Amendments 2A, 6A, 18A, 31A and 45 on the Regulation on Energy Union Governance to be voted on 7 December in a joint ITRE-ENVI Committee meeting. 

Robust and straight forward governance in the realms of climate and energy is a key driver for any future business decision because it guarantees an adequate implementation of EU energy efficiency legislations, thus providing certainty and predictability for investments taken by public and private stakeholders. For the energy efficiency sector, this will strengthen businesses’ engagement, while setting the EU on track to reach its 2030 energy and climate targets and the Paris Agreement commitments.

A robust framework should include the following elements:

1. A definition of Efficiency First to uphold the Commission’s promise to make Energy Efficiency First the guiding principle across the five dimensions of the Energy Union (CA 2A);

2. Linear trajectories made of biennial interim targets to ensure stable flow of investments over the period and adopt clear, responsive and credible measures in case of a delivery gap (6A and 31A);

3. To include in the Long-Term Low Emission Strategies the key provisions and mechanisms of the long-term renovation strategies as foreseen in the revised EPBD, to ensure consistency and comparability in planning policies, setting a clear and coherent EU 2050 pathway and to unlock the necessary financing (CAs 18A and 45).

Investments in energy efficiency create essential multiple benefits for our economies, creating local jobs, increasing energy productivity and competitiveness. Energy savings achieved through energy efficiency investments are a chief enabler of sustainable growth and the energy transition.

EU-ASE is at your disposal in the forthcoming weeks to discuss the strategic importance of a solid EU regulatory framework for energy efficiency.

Yours sincerely,

Monica Frassoni

President of the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE)