22 January 2016 - The European Commission is surveying stakeholders and citizens on the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive relying on an internet-based consultation. The review is responding to EU’s energy and climate 2030 framework and to the Directive’s review provisions, in particular to assess public procurement provisions (Article 6) and to extend the Directive’s cornerstone measure, the energy savings obligations (Article 7). In addition the Commission has decided to consult on metering and billing requirements, the national fund and reporting.
The Coalition for Energy Savings, uniting 30 European business, civil society, consumer, professional, trade union and local government organisations, responded to the Commission’s consultation, making the case for a stronger, streamlined and long-term approach:
- By providing a comprehensive legislative framework for 2020 and beyond, the EED significantly boosts national activities, strategic thinking and investments in energy efficiency improvements and provides a first step for correcting the failures of today’s supply dominated energy markets.
- The EED works in coordination with national legislation and measures, and drives the creation of new national legislation and the continuation of existing legislation, although implementation has been slow, many policies are in development.
- A continuation of the EED framework is necessary to ensure predictability and investor stability. This includes the continuation of article 7 beyond 2020.
- A target of 40% for 2030 is required to tap all cost-effective energy efficiency investments across all sectors and realise the full benefits for energy consumers, economic development and climate protection. Furthermore, the Paris agreement on climate change has increased expectations to accelerate energy efficiency policies.
- The EU must secure accountability for all relevant actors, which is best achieved by setting binding targets and providing internal market rules, in particular for minimum requirements, while giving Member States the flexibility to develop customised suite of policies and measures.
- Article 7 is an effective instrument to achieve final energy savings. It holds Member States accountable to a measurable and significant outcome, while allowing for flexibility in the choice of instruments to suit national circumstances.
- EEOs can be cost-effective policies. In some Member States there has been opposition from energy suppliers, distributors and regulators to setting up EEOs, but in other Member States the establishment of such schemes has been seen as an opportunity to diversify business models.
- Currently the minimum savings requirement of 1.5% annual energy savings under Article 7 is reduced to 0.8% by using statistical tricks. The outcome of Article 7 must, at least, double in order to secure reaching cost-effective potentials across sectors.
- The existing reporting and monitoring system under the EED is a useful tool to track developments with regard to energy efficiency in Member States. However, a binding and standardised template for reporting would make reporting easier, more transparent and comparable. Standardised energy data, definitions and indicators should also be used to increase transparency and provide clarity.