EU-ASE at IEA’s 7th Global Conference on Energy Efficiency

The Danish city of Sonderborg hosted the 7th edition of the IEA’s Global Conference on Energy efficiency, one of this 2022’s most momentous days for energy efficiency.

From the 7th to the 9th of June, Ministers, campaigners and business leaders from all around the world came together to discuss the global challenges concerning climate change and the impacts to the energy systems caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It was also the occasion to exchange on the various solutions that are driving forward the energy efficiency agenda, with European companies leading at the forefront through continuous innovation.

The President of EU-ASE, Monica Frassoni, who was invited to participate in the Conference, said “Never before we have needed energy efficiency so much as today. There is clear global impetus to move forward globally. Every day, new solutions are emerging that are allowing us to save more energy. This is brilliant because we cannot afford to waste energy anymore, we need solutions now.”

As a side event, Dansk Industri, the Danish Confederation of Industries, invited Ms. Frassoni to join two panel discussions, where she shared her views on how energy efficiency is driving Europe’s decarbonization through public and private partnerships, and on how building renovations are making our lives healthier, together with VELUX and NOVENCO.

You can watch again the IEA’s Opening Plenary here, as well as the panels on public-private partnerships and on health buildings through deep renovations here and here.

 

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EU-ASE joins forces in Warsaw: Renovating the Polish building stock

The  Alliance’s National Mission to Poland was a great day to discuss solutions in energy efficiency and buildings on the ground!

On the 2nd of June 2022, EU-ASE President Monica Frassoni was invited by the organisation Fala Renowacji to a presentation of an in-depth study to explore policies and best examples to accelerate the renovation of the Polish building stock.

Like in most European countries, around 75% of Polish homes are not energy efficient. Buildings still massively rely on fossil fuels, like coal for heating purposes.

Following the energy efficiency first principle, Poland can set the framework to enable deep renovations and unlock the Renovation Wave.

You can see the study in Polish here. 

 

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EE Global Forum 2022: Defining Moments of Energy Efficiency

Join hundreds of energy efficiency influencers at the 2022 EE Global Forum, being held June 15 in Washington, DC.

Every year, EE Global brings together the world’s leaders in energy efficiency to discuss pressing industry issues, identify emerging trends, and connect with peers from dozens of countries around the globe. This year’s Forum will be hosted in Washington, D.C. on June 15, 2022, and will focus on the Defining Moments of Energy Efficiency – both celebrating the historical moments that led us to where we are today, and seizing the present moment to ensure an equitable, reliable, and affordable clean energy transition.

For more information, or to make plans to attend, visit www.eeglobalforum.org

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At Climate law conference Monica Frassoni highlights importance of energy efficiency to decarbonise Europe

Speech by EU-ASE president Monica Frassoni at High-level public conference on implementing the European Green Deal and Climate Law

Brussels, Tuesday 28 January 2020

“The production and use of energy across economic sectors account for more than 75% of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. Energy efficiency (EE) must be prioritised. If we all want to go towards electrification, digitalisation and all the necessary elements that a successful and just transition entails, we need to cut radically our energy demand, by half by 2050 in comparison to 2005, says the Commission.

In other words, we need to fully implement EE FIRST in the decision making and planning of EU energy infrastructure including facilities for generation, transmission, distribution and end-use consumption. This should be addressed in the review of TEN-E, PCI list and in the design of the EU decarbonization package.

We are not yet there I am afraid. EE is still the Cinderella of the energy debate.

Considering the little time we have ahead of us to fully decarbonize and decouple growth from energy consumption, it strikes me how much more attractive seem to be to run incredible risks like investing billions in tax-payers money in not yet fully working technologies like trying to “recycle” gas infrastructures or to capture CO2, instead than rushing to make our houses more comfortable and smart or our industries and transport systems less dependent on the moods of foreign leaders.

Technologies are there, numbers are clear. The building sector impacts 20 million jobs and 92% of companies are SMEs. According to the EC Impact Assessment, for every 1% extra energy savings by 2030:  EU gas imports fall by 4%, GHG emissions decrease by 0.7%, Employment increases by 336,000 jobs. How many other sectors have a better business case in terms of job creation?

Let’s face it. If we need to be fully decarbonized by 2050 or earlier, all public efforts must go to energy efficiency and renewables. And no public money should go to activities that go against this landmark objective. Climate law should be very clear to help us avoid doing like Penelope, who undid in the night what she wove in the day.”

Third FR-DE Energy Efficiency Business Forum

 

The third edition of the Franco-German Energy Efficiency Business Forum, co-organized by EU-ASE, DENEFF and OFATE, took place on 8th November at the Ministry for Ecological Transition in Paris.

The event gathered a cross-sectoral group of businesses and Government representatives from France and Germany to discuss how accelerating energy efficiency through financing, decentralisation and digitalisation. The event was an opportunity to highlight the importance of Franco-German cooperation for both greater ambition in the implementation of the existing energy efficiency regulatory framework and for the European Green Deal.
The event stressed out that energy efficiency is a growth agenda and key enabler for decarbonizing the economy for France, Germany, and the European Union.

The forum attracted more than 50 high level participants. Please see the final agenda here.

In a joint statement following the event, Harry Verhaar, chairman of the European Alliance to Save Energy, said “Policy choices made by governments will determine the shape of the energy system of the future. If we want to achieve a climate neutral economy by 2050, we need to put the energy efficiency first principle at the heart of the transition. Changing how we construct, light, heat and cool our buildings will trigger positive change in many sectors, including energy and heavy industry, but also in sectors which at first sight may seem less connected, such as health and education. In the decade of climate action, the Franco-German partnership could lead by example, starting by committing to make all of their buildings net-zero by 2030 at the latest.” 

Read the full joint statement here.

Download Brian Motherway’s IEA presentation here

 

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