Energy Efficiency in Parliament: Consumers’ and businesses’ interests at stake

Stakeholders call on MEPs to maintain the existing architecture of the Energy Efficiency Directive and strengthen its Article 7

Brussels, 23 October 2017 - Compromise proposals put forward in the European Parliament by the S&D Rapporteur Adam Gierek on the revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED)  could stop the annual end-use energy savings obligation after 2020. By removing the focus on end-users and suggesting unworkable provisions in Article 7 of the EED, the proposal is at odd with the Parliament’s positions to increase benefits for consumers with an extension and strengthening of the annual savings requirement.

Article 7 of the EED requires Member States to put in place energy efficiency measures to deliver new and additional end-use energy savings every year. It secures the single largest contribution to achieve the 2020 target and is the EU legal basis for many national energy efficiency schemes, including those providing support for the most vulnerable households. With the 2030 target, the Commission’s proposal to extend Article 7 after 2020 is the most important energy efficiency provision currently examined by the Parliament and is supported by stakeholders across traditional interests’ boundaries, including consumers.

During public discussions in the Parliament, the S&D Rapporteur Adam Gierek shared his views that focusing on delivering energy savings at the end-user level would lead to energy poverty. The latest compromise proposal on Article 7 opens up the possibility for a Member State to stop end-use energy savings schemes such as building renovation programmes after 2020.

“It is in average five times cheaper to save energy than to purchase it under the current national measures to implement Article 7, which help consumers renovate leaky buildings, replace wasteful equipment, and access efficient and clean mobility systems”, said Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General of the Coalition for Energy Savings. “Citizens must continue enjoying those benefits after 2020, while the market for energy efficiency products and services requires a future perspective”.

The Coalition for Energy Savings, which gathers 30 European business, civil society, cooperatives, consumer, professional, trade union and local government organisations, urges MEPs to maintain the scope of Article 7 and reinforce it after 2020. Article 7 already provides the possibility to give credit, to a certain extent, to Member States’ meaningful and additional measures leading to energy savings in the energy transformation, distribution and transmission sectors, as mandated by Articles 14 (Promotion of efficiency in heating and cooling) and Article 15 (Energy transformation, transmission and distribution). While further energy efficiency improvements shall be achieved in energy transformation, transmission and distribution, they should come in addition to end-use savings and not replace them. Setting a binding 40% energy efficiency target should allow reaping the cost-effective potentials in all sectors.

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Marion Santini | +32 2 235 20 13 | marion.santini[at]energycoalition.eu | @EUenergysavings

 

Notes for editors

Video from European Parliament ITRE - Committee Meeting, 04/09/2017

• More information and suggestions on how to strengthen Article 7 can be found in the Coalition’s position paper on the Clean Energy for All Europeans Package.

 

Monday, 23 October, 2017