|Commission sticks to old habits and ignores Growth, Jobs and Energy Security Potential of our Buildings
The Commission revealed the last piece of the puzzle for the EU’s 2030 Energy and Climate Package with a 30% energy efficiency target at today’s Press Conference about its Communication on Energy Efficiency. EuroACE urges Member States to make this target binding when it is proposed for adoption at the European Council in October.
“Such a weak figure for Energy Efficiency is inconsistent with what the market is asking, what citizens are asking, what member states are asking and even what evidence-based research is saying” explained Adrian Joyce, Secretary General of EuroACE. “The outgoing Commission is deliberately turning a blind eye to the increased benefits of setting a 40% Energy Efficiency target - acknowledged even in the Commission’s own Impact Assessment!”
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|Energy Efficiency in Buildings - Politics cannot ignore economic necessity
22 Companies, including 12 CEOs, addressed a letter to President Barroso to express concern about the lack of focus and political ambition in the on-going negotiations on the EU Energy Efficiency Strategy. They urged the College of Commissioners to show leadership and to create a positive political legacy by proposing an ambitious target on energy efficiency, coupled with an unambigious energy saving objective to be delivered by the buildings sector.
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|Energy Performance Certificates: boosting awareness of efficient buildings’ benefits. EuroACE and VELUX Quiz the Commission and stakeholders
As part of the EU Sustainable Energy Week High-Level Policy Conference, EuroACE organises on Wednesday 25th June 2014 a joint event with its member company the VELUX Group, entitled “Quizzing the Stakeholders: Making Energy Efficient Buildings More Visible and Attractive”. Emphasis is placed at this year’s Quiz event, now a firm fixture in EUSEW, on the potential of Energy Performance Certificates to raise awareness about the multiple benefits and importance of increased energy efficiency in buildings.
The Energy Performance Certificate of one building is particularly in the spotlight during EuroACE/VELUX Group’s Quiz event: the Commission’s Charlemagne building. A giant-size poster this week on its façade presents its energy rating and the related actions to reduce the energy consumption of Commission buildings (see www.renovate-europe.eu)
In addition to improving energy security, reducing energy bills and creating local jobs, increasing the energy efficiency of the building stock in the EU also has the potential to release significant health benefits for EU citizens.
“Energy efficiency and healthy buildings shall go hand in hand” says Ingrid Reumert, Vice-President, Public Affairs & Sustainability, the VELUX Group, speaking at the EUSEW Quiz event. “We spend 90% of our time indoors and we know from research that a good indoor climate, daylight and fresh air are essential to our general wellbeing, health, learning abilities and productivity.”
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|18th June 2014: EU Energy Dependence Day
More Energy Efficiency = Less Energy Dependence
From today until 31st December 2014, the EU will rely entirely on foreign energy imports to power the EU. If the EU were to achieve a binding energy efficiency target for 2030 of 40% (the level of cost effective energy savings in today’s economy ), EU Energy Dependence Day would fall a full 4 months and 8 days later - on 26th October 2014.
Ministries from Member States, spear-headed by Germany and Denmark, will also be brainstorming together today about the cost-effective potential and economic benefits of including an energy efficiency target into the 2030 framework at a co-hosted Workshop.
The issue of energy dependence has escalated up the EU’s political agenda, with the Commission increasingly looking at means of reducing energy demand in the EU. Eurostat estimated in 2012 that importing energy cost the EU €421bn net, which translates into a daily expenditure of over €1.1bn on energy imports.
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|Energy Efficiency Industries call for adequate framework to tap into the cost - effective energy savings potential of buildings
In a letter addressed to Commission President Barroso, five key building associations urge the European Commission to design targets in a way that reflects the building sector’s contribution in full, following a bottom-up assessment of the real cost-effective energy savings potential in the sector.
It is essential that the level of the target is in line with the identified cost-effective energy savings for 2030 so as to put Europe on track to realise its 2050 objectives.
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