The General Assembly of the Coalition for Energy Savings took place on the 26th of April 2012 (14h00 - 18h00), in Brussels.
The GA appointed a new Steering Committee and discussed energy efficiency beyond the EED. The 12 appointed members of the Steering Committee are: Randall Bowie (eceee), Bertrand Cazes (Glass for Europe), Agathe Ernoult (EEB), Patty Fong (ECF), Erica Hope (CAN Europe), Adrian Joyce (EuroACE), Monica Frassoni (EU-ASE), Luigi Meli (CECED), Valerie Plainemaison (EFIEES), Brook Riley (Friends of the Earth Europe), Jan te Bos (EURIMA), Marta Toporek (ClientEarth).
The Secretariat gave a presentation of the Coalition activity – state of play and outlook.
The GA was preceded by an exchange with Paul Hodson from DG Energy about the state of play of the Energy Efficiency Directive and followed by an open discussion, which was kicked off by IEA’s Laura Cozzi (see presentation). She illustrated Europe’s growing vulnerability and highlighted the important role of energy efficiency as the least cost energy source. The Coalition is invited to provide input to the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2012, which is expected for publication 12 Nov 2012 and will have a special focus on energy efficiency, including a costs-benefits analysis.
DG Environment Director Robin Miège explained the state of Europe’s resource efficiency policy and stressed the common narrative, links and synergies with energy efficiency. For example the greatest resource saving potential is with buildings, similar to energy savings potentials. Reducing energy use helps reducing water consumption and increasing recycling rates reduce energy use. DG ENV is working on implementing the Resource Efficiency Roadmap agenda in the EU Semester with a focus on tackling environmental harmful subsidies and in EU’s waste and water policies. While Member States support the long-term resource use objectives they are reluctant at this time to commit to concrete targets.
Prof. Owen Lewis, from the Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland, stressed the implementation gap and provided insights into Irish experiences with renovation grants and suppliers’ obligations. A significant number of interventions are achieved but quality has to be increased and the long-term perspective ensured. The current austerity climate encourages short term thinking and overlooking the high return on invest (1 to 5) in two to three years time.