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Energy Roadmap 2050 on efficiency: many signs – no direction

December 15, 2011

The European Commission adopted today its Energy Roadmap 2050 outlining challenges for the energy system to deliver on the EU’s 2050 climate objective. The Coalition for Energy Savings welcomes the recognition that Europe’s priority must be to become dramatically more energy efficient. This increases the pressure to put Europe back on track to achieve its 20% energy savings target.

However, the Coalition is concerned by the energy scenarios’ assumptions and results, which do not accurately reflect the potential and the imperative of energy efficiency. The scenarios for 2050 are inconsistent with the fundamentals of EU energy policy, including the 20% energy savings target for 2020. Instead of building on existing EU climate and energy objectives and the opportunity presented by the proposed Energy Efficiency Directive, the model uses a flawed approach for energy efficiency leading to pessimistic results and inflated system costs.

We appreciate the Commission’s recognition that energy efficiency is the top priority, but it is incomprehensible that none of the Roadmap’s scenarios assume that the 20% energy savings target will be achieved”, said Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General of the Coalition for Energy Savings. “The energy efficiency sign is on the wall but the direction is missing”, he added.

Achieving the 20% energy savings target is completely feasible with a strong Energy Efficiency Directive, and the Commission’s forward planning for 2050 should cultivate this. Meeting the 2020 target is a prerequisite for cost-effectively making the greenhouse gas emission reductions that Europe has just reaffirmed in Durban that we need to make.said Erica Hope, CAN Europe Senior Policy officer on Energy Savings.

Although the Roadmap acknowledges that higher energy efficiency in new and existing buildings is crucial, the scenario results for buildings are particularly misleading. They only amount to 47% energy savings in 2050, while 80% savings are estimated to be feasible with current technologies and cost-effective in this sector.

“Improving the energy performance of EU buildings is the most obvious way of combining economic recovery and job creation with the much needed strong action for fulfilling our long-term environmental goals. Taking this into account, we expected much clearer, more coherent and ambitious signals from a long-term strategy. Unfortunately, today’s Roadmap conveys no more than a confused business-as-usual message on energy efficiency”, said Jan te Bos, Secretary General of Eurima.

Save energy and invest in efficiency – A joint response to the economic and climate crisis

November 18, 2011

In its recently published World Energy Outlook 20111, the International Energy Agency concludes that without stringent new action by 2017, particularly on energy efficiency, the world’s energy system will be out of line with agreed climate goals. At the same time, energy savings are also the most immediate and reliable solution to our energy security imperatives.

In view of the Energy Council discussion on the Energy Efficiency Directive on 24th November, the Coalition for Energy Savings calls on the European Energy Ministers show consistency and provide leadership to ensure that the European Union honours its commitment to get on track to saving 20% energy by 2020.

The Coalition urges Member States to:

– Secure Europe’s 20% primary energy saving target and share it among the 27 Member States;

– Ensure short and long-term ambitions for the building sector; and

– Guarantee stable financing for consumer savings by putting in place energy saving obligation schemes without opt-outs or sunsets and coupled to energy efficiency funding mechanisms.

The full text of the letter is available here.

More ambition required to meet the 20% savings target

October 25, 2011

Position on the Commission proposal for an Energy Efficiency Directive, COM(2011)370

A new Energy Efficiency Directive is a unique opportunity for Europe to bring its 20% energy saving target within reach and put it on course for an efficient and renewable energy vision for 2050. It can tackle the many barriers that stand in the way of energy efficiency.

But as it stands it would only close 2/3 of the current gap towards the 20% energy saving target and miss out on a long-term planning perspective for investors and businesses.

The Coalition calls upon the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission to grasp the opportunity and strengthen the Directive by:

  • Setting mandatory national energy saving targets;
  • “Switching on” the energy efficiency market with efficiency obligation schemes, including strengthening their quality and clarity as well as deleting the clauses that allow for national opt outs;
  • Requiring national energy efficiency financing facilities to mainstream financing sources; and
  • Establishing national roadmaps to achieve high and deep building renovation rates.

Click here for the full Coalition position paper

Stefan Scheuer consultancy appointed to manage Coalition secretariat

October 25, 2011

The General Meeting of the Coalition for Energy Savings approved the appointment of Stefan Scheuer SPRL to manage the Coalition’s secretariat.

Stefan Scheuer, director of the Brussels-based environmental and energy policies consultancy, is acting as the Coalition’s Secretary General. He has been involved in EU policy making for over a decade. Together with consultant Matthieu Ballu he will help the Coalition ensure that energy efficiency becomes a top priority in EU energy policies in order to achieve Europe’s 20% energy saving target and get on track for 2050.
Contact:

Stefan Scheuer SPRL
Tel: +23.2.235.20.10
Email: coalition[at]stefanscheuer.eu
Rue de Toulouse 49
B-1040 Brussels
 

Proposed Energy Efficiency Directive falls short of Europe’s ambition

June 22, 2011

The European Commission’s proposal for an Energy Efficiency Directive presented today represents a serious setback to the EU’s stated commitments to achieve energy savings.

The Coalition for Energy Savings calls on the European Parliament and Member States not to give up on the 20% energy savings commitment by 2020. The draft Directive must be substantially strengthened if Europe is to realise the huge potential of energy efficiency for the climate, the economy, and society. The lack of a clear process for the planned review in 2014 is also worrying to the Coalition, since it may mean that the decision on the introduction of binding targets could be deferred until the next European Commission.

Coalition press release

RAP roadmap on residential efficiency retrofits

June 3, 2011
Coalition member the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) have published a new roadmap designed to help policy-makers in developing residential retrofit strategies. The paper includes 8 principles for success, and can be downloaded from the RAP website.