How can Energy Union governance help put efficiency first?

Energy efficiency markets are driven by legislation. This is why a strong energy efficiency directive supported by a robust governance mechanism are key to delivering the multiple benefits of energy efficiency, argue Monica Frassoni and Harry Verhaar.

Monica Frassoni is president of the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) and Harry Verhaar is head of global public and government affairs at Philips Lighting.

 

The Paris Agreement, championed by the European Union, sets the long-term direction we have to take: keeping global warming well below two degrees or in other words moving towards a carbon-neutral society in the early to mid-21st century. This will require the transformation of our economy thanks to low-carbon technologies. In this transition, business will be key. We are committed to a low-carbon economy. It makes economic sense and we deeply believe businesses should play a positive role in shaping a better world for future generations.

 

 

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Maxi-pacchetto energia Ue, Legambiente: «Persa importante occasione. Proposte inadeguate»

Coalizione di imprese Eu-Ase: non sarà sufficiente a spingere l’Ue oltre il business as usual

La Commissione europea ha adottato il pacchetto “energia pulita per tutti gli europei” che include 8 proposte legislative con le quali si intende riformare la politica energetica europea, e il vicepresidente di Legambiente, Edoardo Zanchini, non nasconde la sua delusione: «Le proposte della Commissione Ue, presentate oggi con il cosiddetto Pacchetto di inverno, non consentono all’Europa di accelerare la transizione verso un sistema energetico libero da fossili entro il 2050 e sono in piena contraddizione con gli impegni assunti a Parigi e ribaditi solo pochi giorni fa a Marrakech. Per poter contenere l’aumento della temperatura globale entro 1.5°C, secondo quanto previsto dall’Accordo di Parigi, serve un cambio di rotta per stare al passo con il resto del mondo accompagnato da obiettivi climatici ed energetici europei più ambiziosi, a partire da rinnovabili ed efficienza energetica, insieme a efficaci misure attuative a livello nazionale per dare fiducia a cittadini ed imprese sempre più interessati a investire nelle rinnovabili e nell’efficienza energetica».

 

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Statement by the EU-ASE Board of Directors on the occasion of the presentation of the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package

BRUSSELS – The European Commission’s package is the first step to support the EU energy transition towards a carbon-neutral society early mid 21st century.

We welcome the proposed EU binding target for energy efficiency: it will give a clear market signal to the industrial and financial community and ensure a long-term framework for investments.

We have showcased energy efficiency as a success story, the business opportunity behind energy efficiency has been acknowledged, but by setting the target at 30% the European Commission has fallen short from unleashing the full potential of energy efficiency and the related benefits to consumers. The proposed target will not sufficiently push the EU beyond business as usual, but will maintain the current speed and rate of investments. Therefore, we urge the co-legislators to raise the level of ambition and reinforce key measures in the EED, EPBD, Ecodesign and Governance 2030.

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French and German companies call for an ambitious revision of EU energy efficiency legislation

BRUSSELS – Senior business representatives from leading French and German companies gathered today to discuss their strategic priorities in the upcoming Energy Efficiency package that the European Commission is expected to present on 30 November. The proposal will include the revision of both the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), two key pieces of legislation on energy efficiency.

Business representatives stressed that a new regulatory framework is needed to incentivise the market uptake of successful business models for energy efficiency. European policy-makers should not miss the opportunity to consider energy efficiency as a strategic investment to drive EU competitiveness, productivity and create local jobs.

Dr Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director, opened the Franco-German High-Level Conference hosted in Le Hive, Schneider Electric’s global headquarters, and stated: “Energy efficiency is of huge strategic importance in Europe, and close engagement between business and policy makers is essential. The IEA is working globally to support progress on energy efficiency and deliver its social, economic and environmental benefits”.

 

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Energy efficiency in the “Clean Energy for All” package: an economic opportunity, a societal imperative, a political commitment

To the kind attention of Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission

Cc: College of Commissioners

Brussels, 24 November 2016

Dear President,

The business community has high expectations on the ambition of the forthcoming “Clean Energy for All” package. We attribute a strategic importance to this proposal as it will give a political signal to the business, financial and investor community, not only in Europe but at global level as well.

As the representatives of the business sector, we welcome the commitment of the Commission on the ‘Efficiency First principle. We call for this principle to be reflected in the forthcoming proposals for a “Clean Energy for All” package by the European Commission through a 40% EU binding target for energy efficiency and an ambitious revision of key legislations, notably the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

Regulatory certainty is fundamental to providing the private sector with the signals they need to make investment decisions and to incentivize the market to take up of new business models and services for clean energy and energy efficiency. Models such as those presented in our recent publication “Strategic investments for Europe: Evidence from cost-effective energy efficiency stories”.

The current non-binding 27% target barely corresponds to business as usual. Europe must increase the scale and rate required to meet its Paris climate commitments and if we want to secure a cost-effective energy transition, both a binding ambition for energy efficiency and clear long-term vision are needed.

Energy efficiency is not only a business opportunity, it is a societal imperative. Increased competitiveness for European companies will go hand in hand with economic recovery and the creation of local, longterm jobs. By using energy more wisely Europe can significantly reduce the EU’s gas import dependency and reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions in a cost-effective way.

The ratification of the Paris agreement was a proud moment for the EU. The European Commission has an opportunity to embody this commitment and show leadership from the highest political level by making efficiency the pillar of the Energy Union strategy in next week’s package.

Thanks for your attention,

Harry Verhaar

Head of Global Public & Government Affairs

Philips Lighting

Alix Chambris

Director of EU public affairs

Danfoss

Didier Teirlinck

Executive Vice President

Ingersoll Rand

Gene Murtagh

CEO

Kingspan

Sian Hughes

Director of External Affairs

Knauf Insulation

Bertrand Deprez

Vice President EU Government Affairs

Schneider Electric

Roland Ullmann

Director Industry Affairs – Building Automation

Siemens

Monica Frassoni

President

European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE)

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