10 years and going strong – 2021 in review

2021 has been another intense year for energy efficiency and Green Deal related issues. It was also a special one for the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) as we celebrated our 10th anniversary.

Throughout the year, the Alliance worked hard to implement an ambitious workplan which involved all members and was structured around four objectives:
• Energy efficiency boosted by policy and regulatory framework
• Unleashing the energy savings potential of water efficiency in EU legislation
• Financing energy efficiency
• Smart, digital and effective communication to achieve advocacy objectives

In a context still marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, EU-ASE was able to effectively support the promotion of energy efficiency to achieve sustainable recovery and meet the EU’s energy and climate goals.

 

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Interview with Debating Europe

EU-ASE president Monica Frassoni was interviewed by Debating Europe as part of the debate How can we make Europe’s buildings more energy-efficient?, organised in cooperation with the Climate Pact. During the interview, she replied to the questions sent by European citizens on the topic.

Watch the debate How can we make Europe’s buildings more energy efficient?

Debating Europe is a project of Friends of Europe. It hosts a successful online discussion platform based on a simple model: citizens ask questions, policymakers and experts respond. Since launching, it has built a 6 million strong community of citizens and a social media following of over 271,000 people from across Europe. To date, a selection of 180,000 questions has been put to over 3000 key policymakers and experts.

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EU-ASE at CAN Europe’s high level event on Fit for 55

On 14 October, the president of the European Alliance to Save Energy, Monica Frassoni, participated in the high-level event “Accelerating climate action in the EU and Member States through the Fit for 55 package and National Planning Processes”, organised by Climate Action Network Europe.

Monica Frassoni took the floor during the first panel discussion “Enhancing EU’s climate ambition through the Fit for 55 package”. Speakers included Diederik Samsom, Head of Cabinet of European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans; Ursula Woodburn, Corporate Leaders Group Europe; Benjamin Denis, IndustriAll Europe; Marcin Kowalczyk, WWF Poland and Wendel Trio, CAN Europe.

The recording of the panel can be found here.

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A three-step recipe to transform our buildings | EUSEW 2021

by Bertrand Deprez, Vice-President EU Government Affairs at Schneider Electric and board member of the European Alliance to Save Energy, & Céline Carré, Head of European Public Affairs at Saint-Gobain, a member of the European Alliance to Save Energy.

This is no secret: with more than 38% of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions, buildings represent one of the largest bulk of decarbonisation. And with 40% of energy consumption, they can even lead the energy efficiency race. However, so far, the efforts deployed at the European and national levels to accelerate the renovation of the buildings stock have not been sufficient to drive their long-term decarbonisation. If we want this to change, and to make highly efficient buildings in a fully decarbonised and connected energy system a reality, three levers should be activated simultaneously.

First, aligning hearts and minds around the unique contribution of buildings can happen via the joint revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, Energy Efficiency Directive and Renewable Energy Directive. The Renovation Wave strategy has set the direction, but specific milestones and acceleration points now need to take shape. Among those are minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) on existing buildings, a tool to drive demand for renovation. Such MEPS should be deployed for first movers segments, such as non-residential and worst-performing residential buildings particularly affected by soaring energy prices. Then, new and existing buildings should be made fit for our 2050 carbon neutrality goals. In this journey, better accounting for reflecting emissions reduction potentials from new buildings and major renovations, on top of energy savings, will also help coordinate and align actions, especially when it comes to boosting the uptake of both energy efficiency measures and renewables, such as directly electrified solutions powered by renewables.

Second, unleashing new business models to finance and roll out renovations will ensure that the ambition is fulfilled. Deploying renovation and recovery is a combined challenge of preparedness and speed. The construction sector is getting ready with new approaches enabling to renovate faster and better. We need more innovators and integrators to plug these new business models together with available finance. The implementation of the post Covid-19 national recovery plans is a unique opportunity to fill the gap in this field.

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Smart technologies for energy-efficient, decarbonised and more comfortable buildings

On 14 October, EU-ASE, together with eu.bac and LightingEurope organised a webinar on the review of the Energy Performance Of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and the role of smart technologies to make EU building stock energy-efficient, decarbonised and more comfortable.

Most of the potential of digitalisation is still unexploited in buildings. The revision of the EPBD creates a unique opportunity to deploy a broad range of energy-efficient and smart technologies, from Artificial Intelligence, to Building Automation and Control Systems or smart lighting, among many other solutions.

The recording of the event is available here
The slides used during the presentation can be found here
The result of the polls here

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