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.

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”.

 

“The EU’s Energy Efficiency Plan raises concerns among a new Alliance of business, civil society and political leaders”

Brussels, March 8, 2011: Today the European Commission published its much awaited Plan for Energy Efficiency; a new plan that aspires to put the EU back on track with its energy efficiency objectives.

The European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE), a newly formed alliance of some of Europe’s prominent energy efficiency advocates including business leaders, politicians and campaigners, raises concerns on the absence of a commitment to binding targets and to any new legislation in the plan.