Time to walk the talk on energy efficiency with strong governance

Brussels, 29 January 2015 - 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.

The Coalition for Energy Savings calls on the European Commission to develop a strong EU energy efficiency governance by:

  • building on the relevant provisions of the Energy Efficiency Directive, in particular Article 3 and related articles and annexes, to set out the overall objective for 2030 and provide robust guidance for national contributions to secure the EU’s cost-effective energy efficiency potentials. The current approach to setting and reviewing indicative national energy efficiency targets is weak and difficult to monitor. It is failing to secure the structural efficiency improvements needed to deliver the EU’s 20% target, and even further off the track of tapping the cost-effective potential.
  • improving the enforceability of national energy efficiency plans through comparable and transparent reporting based on standardised energy data, definitions and indicators for measuring energy efficiency and savings. The national energy efficiency action plans are difficult to compare and of diverse quality, suffering from the lack of a mandatory reporting template and standardised definitions and indicators.
  • applying an energy savings test to help ensure a fair economic comparison and valuation of energy supply and energy efficiency policies and investments. The test would identify when improving energy efficiency is more cost-effective than creating new supply-side infrastructure and help prioritise investments in energy efficiency in these cases. Currently, energy infrastructure, such as gas pipelines, are planned on exaggerated demand projections, ignoring the impacts and benefits of energy efficiency improvements, and risking wasting public money and creating stranded assets as the EU moves towards meeting its climate and energy goals.
     
Thursday, 29 January, 2015