Telling the energy efficiency story – 2022 in review

The energy crisis and price hikes exacerbated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine put a lot of pressure on governments, citizens and businesses, who were still recovering from the pandemic shock. 

In this context, in 2022, the Alliance threw its weight behind demonstrating to EU decision makers that existing energy efficiency solutions are key to address the energy crisis and reach climate neutrality globally.

We continued our work on the implementation of a work programme which involved all our members and was structured around four main 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 objective

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EU-ASE at event: The transition plans – beyond sustainable finance?

On Wednesday 30 November 2022, EU-ASE President Monica Frassoni spoke at an event by ERCST titled: The transition plans – beyond sustainable finance?

 The idea of presenting a transition plan – i.e., ensuring that the business model and strategy of the undertaking are compatible with the transition to a sustainable economy and with the limiting of global warming to 1.5 °C, in line with the Paris Agreement – will soon turn into a concrete legal obligation. It is mandated by the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and contemplated in other pieces of European sustainable finance legislation: the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive and the EU Green Bonds Standard. But this kind of requirement expands beyond the sustainable finance realm. For example, the European Parliament wants to reduce the amount of ETS free allocations for companies not having a decarbonisation plan or failing to meet their milestones.

However, it remains unclear how to turn those very forward-looking and complex commitments into real change by individual companies throughout the various business models.

The event aims at identifying the objective, scope, and challenges in addressing the requirement of presenting transition plans in and beyond the EU corporate sustainability framework.

Hosted by the European Roundable on Climate Change and Sustainable Development (ERCST), this hybrid event took plance online and in person.

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EU-ASE at Powering our buildings: how policies can support energy efficiency through building electrification

On Thursday 24 November 2022, EU-ASE participated in “Powering our buildings: how policies can support energy efficiency through building electrification”.

EU-ASE President Monica Frassoni spoke at the launch of a new study by FIRE Federazione Italiana per l’uso Razionale dell’Energia and the Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy Foundation (IEECP), discussing the challenges we face to electrify, decarbonise and strengthen the EU energy system.

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EU-ASE at Women in Power

On Tuesday 10 October, EU-ASE President Monica Frassoni spoke at “Women in Power” at the Office of the European Parliament in Washington DC.

On 12 October 2022, EU-ASE President Monica Frassoni spoke at “Women in Power”, a discussion panel at the Office of the European Parliament in Washington, DC., answering the following question: “Why is it still so hard to see women in politics?”

While there has been an increase of women dealing with issues which have traditionally been dealt with by men, we still need good leadership to help women get into politics & a good culture to promote women in politics.

EU-ASE supports equal representation which shapes policy and better decision-making.

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EU-ASE welcomes the adoption of the Parliament’s position to revise the Energy Efficiency Directive

Earlier today, the European Parliament adopted the report revising the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), one of the key legislative files of the “Fit for 55” package. Members of the European Parliament (overwhelmingly) supported the agreement found in the ITRE committee earlier on 13 July and rejected all plenary amendments that would have undermined the agreement.

The European Parliament decided to strengthen most of the European Commission’s proposal to revise the Directive. Most importantly, it sets a 2030 binding energy efficiency target of at least 40% in final energy consumption and 42.5% in primary energy consumption, based on the 2007 Reference Scenario. 1 While this is a much higher target than the one proposed in the Commission’s REPowerEU plan, it is still lower than today’s technical and economic potential for energy savings, especially considering today’s energy price crisis. 

“We welcome the work done by the Parliament to improve the proposal of the Commission; these improvements open the way to a more ambitious mandate in view of the difficult negotiations with the Council, whose common position is well below what is needed for an effective revision of the EED,” said Monica Frassoni, President of EU-ASE. “We are still missing a real sense of urgency and of the exceptional actions and resources needed to implement the Energy Efficiency First principle. This is proven by the fact that energy efficiency was barely mentioned from President Von Der Leyen’s address to the Parliament in her SOTEU speech.”

Therefore, we call on the EU institutions to seize this historic opportunity and to swiftly enter interinstitutional negotiations to reach a final agreement that puts energy efficiency first. To address the climate and energy crisis, the EU can count on energy efficiency measures that are made in Europe, easy to implement and can cost-effectively phase out the EU’s need for Russian fossil fuels.

Check our catalogue with all measures here.

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The European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) is a cross-sectoral, business-led organisation that ensures that the voice of energy efficiency is heard across Europe. EU-ASE members have operations across the 27 Member States of the European Union, employ over 340.000 people in Europe and have an aggregated annual turnover of €115 billion.

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