EU-ASE to host first edition of European Energy Efficiency Day in October 2022

On 13 October 2022 the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) will host the first edition of the European Energy Efficiency Day, a high-level policy conference bringing together policymakers, leading industry players and energy experts to explore cost efficient and socially fair decarbonisation paths.

According to the International Energy Agency’s Net Zero by 2050 report, achieving climate neutrality by 2050 requires to pushing the average average rate of energy efficiency improvements in the period 2020-2030 to about three times that he average of the last two decades. The importance of energy efficiency is even more evident in the current context of high energy prices and to significantly reduce the EU’s dependence on Russian fossil fuels as soon as possible.

Improving energy efficiency throughout the EU can be done through massively scaling up energy efficient solutions for buildings, vehicles, home appliances and industry. Solutions and technologies which are all available today.

In this context, the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) has felt the need to launch a new forum to discuss the future of energy and how to decarbonise Europe’s economy through the lenses of energy efficiency, innovation and long-term sustainability.

The European Energy Efficiency Day is a high-level policy conference aimed at exploring cost efficient and socially fair decarbonisation paths to address the energy and climate crisis and deliver the European Green Deal.

Through a series of six sessions throughout the day, the event will bring together key EU and national policymakers, leading industry players, as well as experts from the energy and environment community.

The first edition of the European Energy Efficiency Day will take place on 13 October 2022 as an online event.

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EU-ASE at webinar on decarbonising heating in buildings (Italy)

On Tuesday 19 April, EU-ASE president Monica Frassoni spoke at the webinar Aspettative dalla legislazione italiana ed europea, the fifth of a series of webinars organised by Legambiente and Kyoto Club as part of the campaign Per la decarbonizzazione: efficienza energetica e riscaldamento negli edifici in Italia. The aim of the project is to raise awareness among public opinion, companies and public decision-makers, proposing amendments to current Italian and European legislation.

The event speakers were Eleonora Evi, Italian Member of the European Parliament, Monica Frassoni, President of EU-ASE and Giulia Lupo, Senator of the Italian Republic.

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Cómo acelerar la rehabilitación energética de edificios en España: retos y soluciones

Programa:

Presentación del papel “Renovate2Recover: ¿Hasta qué punto son transformadores los PNRR para la Rehabilitación de Edificios?” y mejores prácticas en Europa

  • Vilislava Ivanova, Senior Researcher, E3G (en inglés con traducción simultánea al español)

Debate (con preguntas y respuestas)
Ponentes:

  • Francisco Javier Martin Ramiro, Director General de Vivienda y Suelo del Ministerio de Transportes, Movilidad y Agenda Urbana (MITMA)
  • Alberto Bayona, Director Gerente, Nasuvinsa (Navarra)
  • Ignacio de la Puerta, Director de Planificación Territorial y Agenda Urbana, Gobierno Vasco
  • Cecilia Foronda, Directora de Energía y Personas, Ecodes
  • Eduard Puig MacLean, Director de Operaciones y cofundador, GNE Finance

Moderación: Monica Frassoni, Presidenta de la Alianza Europea para el Ahorro de Energía (EU-ASE)

Los edificios en España consumen un 30% del total energético y representan un 40% de las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero. Así pues, la rehabilitación energética es fundamental para descarbonizar el parque inmobiliario español y alcanzar el objetivo de ahorro energético del 39,5% establecido en el Plan Nacional de Energía y Clima 2021-2030. Las rehabilitaciones pueden también ayudar a hacer frente al reciente aumento de los precios de la energía y a reducir las importaciones de gas natural ruso.

 

En este contexto, el Next Generation EU ofrece una gran oportunidad para aumentar la tasa de rehabilitación a nivel nacional, que es actualmente solo del 0,2% anual. El Plan Nacional de Recuperación y Resiliencia (PNRR) español destina a la rehabilitación de edificios unos 6.500 millones de euros, la mayoría de los cuales se destinan a los edificios con uso residencial y de uso público. Los programas de rehabilitación exigen reducir al menos en un 30% el consumo de energía primaria procedente de fuentes no renovables. Si se aplican correctamente, se estima que estas medidas pueden conducir a una reducción media del consumo de energía primaria de más del 40%, tanto en el sector residencial como en el no residencial.

Este seminario analizo los retos actuales y las soluciones que podrían ayudar a España a impulsar su tasa de rehabilitación y contribuir a los nuevos objetivos climáticos europeos para el 2030. Los ponentes también intercambiaron sobre cómo crear mercados de renovación sostenibles que crezcan más allá del 2026.

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Report Launch: Why the transition to energy efficient and electrified buildings strengthens Europe’s economy

Panel:

  • Ciarán Cuffe, MEP (IR, Green), European Parliament
  • Daniele Agostini, Head of Energy and Climate Policies, ENEL
  • Andrea Voigt , Head of Global Public Affairs, Danfoss
  • Monique Goyens, Director General, The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC)

Introduction:

  • Femke de Jong, Project Manager Heating Buildings, European Climate Foundation

Presentation of the study’s results:

  • Stijn Van Hummelen, Managing Director, Cambridge Econometrics

Moderation and conclusion:

 

  • Monica Frassoni, President, European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE)

Buildings account for 40% of the EU’s energy consumption and 36% of the EU’s energy-related greenhouse gas emissions. This is because a large number of buildings are energy inefficient and fossil fuels are still predominantly used for heating. To meet Europe’s climate commitments, the building sector will have to cut its emissions by 60% by 2030 and reach zero emissions by 2050. To date we are still lagging behind these targets.

The possible paths to energy efficient and zero-emission buildings are several, but not all of them deliver the same socio-economic advantages for our society. To help inform EU and national decision-making, the European Climate Foundation commissioned Cambridge Econometrics to model the environmental, social and economic impacts of different decarbonisation pathways for the buildings sector.

The research focused on developing scenarios that combined different levels of renovation efforts with the deployment of green hydrogen or heat pumps to move away from fossil fuels in homes.

Which pathway to zero-emission buildings can lead to a transition that strengthens the European economy, boosts employment, lowers energy imports and improves the living conditions of people, in particular lower-income households?

During this event, co-organised by the European Alliance to Save Energy and the European Climate Foundation, Cambridge Econometrics presented the main findings of the study. This was followed by a debate between policy-makers, NGO and industry representatives who shared perspectives on how the European Green Deal can help reap the significant socio-economic benefits associated with the transition to zero-emission buildings.

Read the executive summary here
Read the full report here

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How to make the energy efficiency directive Water-Smart?

On 8 February, the president of the European Alliance to Save Energy, Monica Frassoni, spoke at the webinar “How to make the Energy Efficiency Directive water smart?” organised by the MEP Water Group.

In her intervention Monica Frassoni raised the importance of the water-energy nexus and the need to coordinate water and energy legislations. Speakers included MEP Pernille Weiss, Chair of the MEP Water Group; Claudia Canevari, Head of unit, Energy Efficiency; MEP Eleonora Evi, ENVI Committee; Durk Krol, Executive Director of Water Europe and Arnaud de Bermingham, President & Founder of Scaleway.

 

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