Studies, briefings and position papers
- Publication: Energy Efficiency - Mind the 2030 gap. The report presents a brief assessment of the final National Energy and Climate Plans and their contribution towards the 2030 energy efficiency target. It shows the EU is only half way there, with all but one national contribution considered to be insufficient. With few exceptions, the notifications of energy savings obligation do not respect the requirements of the Governance Regulation. Publication, 25 March 2020.
- Consultation: Response to consultation on European climate law. February 2020.
- Position: The Energy Efficiency Package as an enabler to deliver the European Green Deal. The Energy Efficiency Package as an enabler to deliver the European Green Deal. January 2020.
- Position: Bringing Green Deal benefits to citizens and businesses through energy savings. The Coalition calls on the Commission to ensure that the Green Deal delivers concrete actions which boost energy efficiency across the EU economy. Bringing Green Deal benefits to citizens and businesses. December 2019.
- Position: Integrated building renovations. On the first day of Ursula von der Leyen’s European Commission, 12 major European clean energy associations have joined forces, calling for a bold strategy concerning the renovation of the EU building stock to be part of the European Green Deal – with on-site renewables, energy efficiency, and smart energy solutions at its core. Joint Statement on integrated building renovations. December 2019.
- Position: EU priority actions 2019-2024 for a fast, fair and attractive energy transition. The EU has set minimum energy efficiency levels through its 2030 targets. But actions and measures are yet insufficient. Four recommendations for the new European Parliament and Commission on how to close the gap. Position, June 2019.
- Position: 2050 Energy Efficiency Vision. It shows that delivering the full energy savings potential will make the energy transition fast, fair and attractive and allow the EU to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, at the latest. 2050 Energy Efficiency Vision (web) or 2050 Energy Efficiency Vision (print - on A4 double sided, flip over short edge, fold to A5), May 2019.
Publication: Energy efficiency. State of Energy Efficiency in National Energy and Climate Plans. Following our first assessment of Member States’ contributions to the EU target, this document provides additional analysis of the contributions and commitments reported by Member States in the draft NECPs published on the European Commission website. Publication, April 2019.
- Publication: Energy Efficiency. Article 7 Energy Efficiency Directive: new period, new savings. This publication aims at providing a stakeholder interpretation of the new elements of Article 7, as well as recommendations. It targets implementing authorities in Member States, who can already build on the extensive and varied experience accumulated since 2014, and stakeholders who can engage in the design of 2021-2030 national activities. Publication, March 2019.
Study on 2050 Energy Savings Scenarios: A new Study by the Fraunhofer Institute for System and Innovation Research ISI, commissioned by the Coalition for Energy Savings, assesses the 2050 energy savings potentials, considering impacts of new societal trends. Study and Summary, January 2019.
- Publication: Energy efficiency. 2030 targets: time for action. This document provides a first analysis of the energy efficiency contributions Member States reported in the draft NECPs available at the time of writing (25 January 2019). It presents an overview and a qualitative assessment of available data, as well as findings stemming from it. Publication, January 2019.
- Publication: Energy Efficiency. Getting real: from EU law to action on the ground. The Coalition for Energy Savings published its first set of high-level recommendations on implementing the EU’s new Energy Efficiency Directive and calls for a dialogue between implementing authorities and stakeholders on how to maximise the benefits of the energy transition for citizens and businesses. Publication, December 2018.
- Response to Public Consultation on the Strategy for long-term EU GHG emissions reduction. The Coalition for Energy Savings responded to the Commission’s consultation on the Strategy for long-term EU GHG emissions reduction, making the case for energy efficiency as key enabler for a acceptable and rapid decarbonisation. Consultation response, September 2018.
- Briefing: EU Strategy for long-term emissions reduction - Recommendations. The Coalition for Energy Savings calls on the Commission to properly seize the contribution of energy efficiency as the key enabler in all the pathways of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Briefing, July 2018
- Briefing: MFF post 2020 - Recommendations. Response to public consultation, March 2018
- Briefing: Energy Efficiency Directive negotiations: What is at stake, Briefing, January 2018
- Briefing: Assessment of the Parliament report on the Energy Efficiency Directive, Briefing, January 2018
- Briefing: Assessment of the General Approach on the Energy Efficiency Directive, Briefing, June 2017
- Briefing: Assessment of the proposal for a General Approach on the Energy Efficiency Directive, Briefing for Energy Ministers and Deputy Permanent Representatives, June 2017
- Briefing: Energy efficiency files: The imperative to get it right. Briefing for Energy Ministers in view of Energy Council, June 2017
Statement: Energy transition in Europe: The future of energy efficiency policies at stake. Common statement of stakeholders in preparation for the 26 June Energy Council, June 2017
Briefing: Energy Efficiency Directive Art 7 in Council negotiations Impact of different options on deploying or slowing down the energy savings economy. Briefing to Energy Ministers and Attachés in view of the Presidency compromise proposals, May 2017
- Briefing: Energy efficiency files: Delivering Clean Energy benefits to All Europeans for Energy Ministers. Briefing to Energy Ministers in view of the Informal Energy Council, May 2017
- Briefing: Deploying the full energy savings potential of Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive. The Commission proposes to extend Article 7 beyond 2020 but maintains the possibility for Member States to exclude energy consumption in the transport sector from their baseline when calculating annual savings requirements. When this provision was included in the EED during the legislative process, Member States were arguing that the energy savings potential in the transport sector is very small. In 2017, as legislators are examining in the Commission’s proposals, is that argument valid? The briefing presents the findings of a new study by Ricardo Energy & Environment on the potentials in the transport sector. Briefing, April 2017
- Briefing: Revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive. Distributed to MEPs of the ITRE committee for the exchange of views on 23 March 2017. Briefing, March 2017
- Position paper: Revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive, the Governance of the Energy Union Regulation and the new Electricity Market Design. With its ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package, the European Commission proposes to review a wide range of energy legislation. Position paper, January 2017
Critical review of the EuropeanCommission assessment for the CleanEnergy For All Europeans package. Towards a cost benefit analysis. The updated study identifies some of the limitations of the Commission's impact assessment that is based on a private and short-term perspective, which underplays the cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency. Study, January 2017.
Brochure: Energy efficiency policies. Making the Energy Union work for citizens.
Prepared for an event in the European Parliament, the brochure summarises energy efficiency policies and their practical applications in member states. Brochure, January 2017.
- Position paper: Driving forward energy savings with Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive. The upcoming review of the Energy Efficiency Directive is the prime opportunity to improve Article 7, the corner stone of the Directive, ensuring the delivering of real energy savings and strengthening implementation. Position paper, July 2016.
- Briefing: Putting Energy Efficiency First – the bedrock for designing EU climate and 2030 GHG effort sharing policies. The “Energy Efficiency First” principle calls for proper consideration of energy efficiency potentials in all relevant decision-making. This means that EU climate policies should be developed on the basis of a fair and robust assessment of the potential and policies to realise them. Briefing, July 2016.
- Study: Impact assessment of EU 2030 energy efficiency targets in the context of the Energy Union & Energy Efficiency First. Towards a cost benefit analysis. The study identifies some of the limitations of using only a private interest perspective to assess the impacts of an energy efficiency target and demonstrates the importance of complementing the Impact Assessment work with a more comprehensive cost-benefit analysis to appraise societal ambitions for 2030. Study, March 2016.
- Briefing: Progress on energy efficiency first: In May 2015, the Coalition for Energy Savings defined “Energy Efficiency First” and identified several areas of focus to make energy efficiency first operational. Since then, how well has the principle of energy efficiency first been embedded in the Energy Union ? And to what extent has it been used to deliver the EU objectives of safe, secure and sustainable provision of energy in the most cost effective manner? Briefing, March 2016
- Response to Public Consultation on the Energy Efficiency Directive. The Coalition for Energy Savings responded to the Commission’s consultation on the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive, making the case for a stronger, streamlined and long-term approach. Consultation response, January 2016.
- Briefing: The Energy Efficiency Directive in motion. As the European Union is preparing to revise the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED, 2012/27/EU), this document sheds light on how this legislation is starting to influence our economy. Briefing, January 2016
- Briefing: State of Energy Savings. This briefing from the Coalition for Energy Savings takes stock of the state of energy savings in the EU and of its potential to reap the multiple benefits of an energy-efficient European Union. Briefing, November 2015
- Study: Putting energy efficiency first – Addressing the barriers to energy efficiency - Analysis of the National Energy Efficiency Action Plans in the context of Article 19 of EU Energy Efficiency Directive. New analysis from the Coalition for Energy Savings of implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive shows that the European Union is still at the initial stage of identifying and removing regulatory and non-regulatory barriers to deploying greater energy efficiency. Study - September 2015.
- Joint statement: Don’t cap renewables and efficiency. Call from renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental associations. Statement - June 2015.
- Study: Implementing the EU Energy Efficiency Directive - Analysis of Member States plans to implement Article 5. New analysis by the Coalition for Energy Savings of national reports on the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) reveals that central governments have not shown leadership in ending the waste of energy in their own buildings. Study - May 2015.
- Briefing: Energy Efficiency First: How to make it happen. The Coalition for Energy Savings has published a paper on the next steps and areas of focus to make "energy efficiency first" operational. Paper - May 2015.
- Update of Study: Implementing the EU Energy Efficiency Directive - Analysis of Article 7 Member States reports. An analysis of the Member States’ plans for achieving 1.5% annual end-use energy savings highlights that most countries shows that Member States still have a long way to implement existing energy efficiency legislation. Study - March 2015.
- Briefing: Time to walk the talk on energy efficiency with strong governance. The Coalition for Energy Savings has published a position paper on the governance of the Energy Union, calling on the EU to put in place controls to stop the waste of energy by enshrining a strong governance mechanism in legislation. Briefing, January 2015.
- Position paper: Saving energy for a secure Energy Union. The Coalition for Energy Savings has published a position paper on the Energy Union, calling for a savings test to be introduced to place energy efficiency first in energy infrastructure decisions. Such a test should be applied to all potential projects to be included in the Jobs, Growth and Investment Package, as well as, included in the pillars of the Energy Union. Briefing, December 2014.
- Briefing: Tapping the EU's huge energy efficiency potential. The Coalition for Energy Savings has published a briefing on the why energy efficiency should be the premier invetsment focus of the Commission's jobs, growth and investment package.The Coalition believes that in order to deliver on these benefits the proven cost-effective energy efficiency potentials mustii be fully realised. Briefing, November 2014.
- Briefing: Inflating the costs of energy efficiency - A review of the Commission's cost-effectiveness analysis of an energy efficiency target for 2030. The Coalition sent a letter to Member States' 2030 sherpas calling on them to consider that the Commission’s proposals for a 2030 energy efficiency target are based on a flawed impact assessment, thus misleading EU decision-making. Briefing, September 2014.
- Briefing: Energy efficiency is the best way to improve EU energy security. The Coalition calls on EU leaders to make energy efficiency the first priority of the EU's plan to reduce energy dependency. The briefing provides proposals on how to unlock energy efficiency potentials. Briefing May 2014.
- Study: Implementing the EU Energy Efficiency Directive - Analysis of Article 7 Member States reports. An analysis of the Member States’ plans for achieving 1.5% annual end-use energy savings highlights that most countries not only show low ambition but also fail to demonstrate credibly how the mandatory energy savings target will be reached, exposing them to infringement procedures and possible fines. Study April 2014.
- Guide: Your Complaints - For a Strong Implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive. A practical guide for using complaints to the European Commission to support national implementation of the EED, developed by Stefan Scheuer Consulting. Guide April 2014.
- Position paper: 2030 framework for climate and energy policies. The Coalition states that only a 40% binding energy savings target for 2030 can deliver EU objectives for competitiveness, energy and climate. Position paper October 2013. More information: Fraunhofer ISI report: Analysis of a European Reference Target System for 2030 and Institute for European Environmental Policy report: Review of costs and benefits of energy savings.
- Position paper: Commission's green paper for 2030 framework for climate and energy policies. The Coalition urges the importance of a post-2020 energy savings target. Position paper July 2013.
- Position paper: Commission proposal for an Energy Efficiency Directive. More ambition required to meet the 20% savings target. Position paper October 2011.
- Letter: EIB Energy Lending Policy: Energy efficiency for a fast, fair and attractive transformation. Letter to EIB Board of Directors, September 2019
- Letter: NECPs: Pledging low on energy efficiency slows down the energy transition. Letter to Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, June 2019
- Letter: Energy Efficiency post 2020 in your hands: Will citizens and businesses benefit? Letter to Energy Ministers, June 2018
- Letter: MFF post 2020 - Funding the acceleratd transition towards an energy efficient Europe. Letter to Ministers, April 2018
- Letter: Energy Efficiency: Parliament’s position for more benefits should not be ignored. Coalition letter to Deputy Permanent Representatives, February 2018
- Letter: An enabling environment for energy efficiency to be reflected in climate and energy modelling, Coalition letter to Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, October 2017
Letter: Reliable and transparent governance system requires binding templates, Coalition letter to supportive Energy and Climate attachés, September 2017
- Letter: Revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive: Your role in the next negotiation steps, Coalition letter to supportive Energy Ministers, June 2017
- Letter: Revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive: Additional ‘flexibilities’ will wipe out progress and come at high cost, Coalition letter to Energy Ministers, June 2017
- Letter: Informal Meeting of Energy Ministers: EU leadership in energy efficiency policies at stake, Coalition letter to Energy Ministers, May 2017
- Letter: Energy Efficiency Directive: Presidency proposal weakens outlook for efficiency products and services, Coalition letter to Energy attachés, April 2017
- Letter: Energy Efficiency Directive - Presidency proposal lacks credibility and future perspective, Coalition letter to Energy attachés, March 2017
- Letter: Your support for strong energy efficiency policies: Making the Energy Union work for citizens and deliver benefits to the people, Coalition letter to Energy ministers, January 2017Letter: Your support for strong energy efficiency policies: Making the Energy Union work for citizens and deliver benefits to the people, Coalition letter to MEPs, January 2017
- Letter: Response to the Green Paper on Energy Efficiency - Towards enacting energy efficiency first in all sectors, Coalition response to German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, October 2016
- Letter: Increasing 2030 efficiency target and restarting EU's Ecodesign policy. Coalition letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, October 2016
- Letter: Energy Union governance, Coalition letter to Commission cabinets, October 2016
- Statement: 2016 must remain the year of delivery for a better Energy Union. Statement by the Coalition for Energy Savings in the wake of the Brexit referendum, July 2016
- Letter: Energy Efficiency First - Solving Europe’s jobs and growth challenge by closing Europe’s investment gap. Coalition letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, May 2016
- Letter: 2030 Impact Assessment assumes policy failure - Urgent need for objective cost-benefit analysis for energy efficiency. Coalition letter to Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President, European Commission. A feedback form has also been posted on the Better Regulation webpage of the European Commission, March 2016
- Letter: Energy Efficiency First for the EIB’s Climate Strategy to create jobs and growth. Coalition letter to Directors of the Board, European Investment Bank, September 2015
- Letter: New interpretation of EUROSTAT debt and deficit rules must deliver structural reform for energy efficiency investments. Coalition letter to Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy, July 2015
- Letter: Designing a new energy market where energy efficiency flows as freely as energy. Coalition letter to Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy, and Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Energy Union, European Commission, July 2015
- Letter: Better Regulation – mining for gold in EU legislation. Coalition letter to Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President for Better Regulation, European Commission, and to Catherine Day, Secretary-General, European Commission, May 2015
- Letter: Making Efficiency First operational in the Energy Union. Coalition letter to Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy, February 2015
- Letter: Efficiency First for an Energy Union to secure jobs and growth and deliver on the climate challenge. Coalition letters to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President for Better Regulation, European Commission and Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Energy Union, European Commission, February 2015
- Letter: Time to walk the talk on energy efficiency with strong governance. Coalition letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President for Energy Union, European Commission, and Miguel Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action & Energy, January 2015
- Letter: Energy savings test to facilitate investments for jobs and growth. Coalition letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, December 2014
- Letter: Time to put Europe back on the energy saving path with an ambitious energy efficiency target for 2030. Coalition letter to Heads of States or Governments General, October 2014
- Letter: Energy Efficiency Target 2030: Not misleading numbers, but robust evidence needed. The Coalition sent a letter to Commissioners calling on them to consider that a proposal for an energy efficiency target for 2030 based on incomplete or misleading information could be very damaging for EU’s credibility and evidence-based policy making record. The letter provides details on how the energy system costs of saving energy appear to be exaggerated in the draft Communication which was circulated to Commissioners ahead of their college discussion. Letter to Commissioners, July 2014
- Letter: Moderating energy demand to reduce energy dependence: Time to move from announcements to action. Ahead of the European summit on 26-27 June 2014, the Coalition for Energy Savings is calling on Member States' leadership to advance the EU’s energy security strategy with concrete actions to increase energy efficiency and moderate demand. Letter to Heads of State or Government, June 2014
- Concerns with the Impact Assessment for 2030. Joint letter with EREC and CAN Europe to Secretary General, November 2013
- Overcoming crisis requires energy efficiency and renewables. Joint letter with EREC and CAN Europe to European Council, May 2013
- Coalition stands with EREC and CAN Europe for three binding 2030 targets. Letter to energy and environment ministers, April 2013
- Coalition encourages Member States to support binding efficiency target for 2030. Letter to the Directors General in all 27 Member States, March 2013
- Coalition urges development of binding energy efficiency target for 2030. Letter to all Commissioners, February 2013
- Energy savings to lead next energy revolution. An op-ed written by the Friends of the Coalition, December 2012
- Energy savings to be first policy priority for 2030 and beyond. Letter to Barroso (and all Commissioners) November 2012
- Structural Funds 2014-2020: support and stregthen thematic concentration on low-carbon economy. Earmarking 20% of the ERDF for investments in energy efficiency. Letters to Ministers and MEPs March 2012
- Stop roll back of EU Energy Efficiency policies. Letter to Energy Ministers February 2012
- Save energy and invest in efficiency. A joint response to the economic and climate crisis. Letter to Energy Ministers November 2011
- Energy Roadmap 2050 must be aligned with EU's energy efficiency objectives. Letter to Director General Philip Lowe (DG Energy) October 2011
- A strong energy savings policy is central to Europe's economy recover. Letter to the President of the European Council, Van Rompuy October 2011