Debates on the proposal for a revised Energy Efficiency Directive have mainly focused on setting the right level of ambition through targets. The European chemical industry presented its views to shift the focus of the discussion towards the means and concrete proposals on how those targets can be achieved.
The chemical industry is known as one of the largest energy consumers in Europe. It also delivers energy efficient solutions across the European value chains, especially in the construction sector and it can play an important role in helping achieve European targets and at the same time unlock the full potential of energy efficiency to the benefit of the European economy.
During the debate, organized by the European Energy Forum, Marco Mensink, Cefic Director General, presented the vision of the chemical industry and Monica Frassoni, President of the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE), presented the views of the the business represented by EU-ASE. Ms Frassoni acknowledged the energy saving potential in the building sector as well as the need of ambitious targets to provide the business community with the necessary regulatory long term framework to attract investments i the European Union and boost the energy efficiency market.