Orgalime Response on the consultation on the Review of Directive 2012/27/EU on Energy Efficiency
Published: 29 January 2016
Policies & Issues: Energy & Climate
The EED in our view represents an important instrument for stimulating energy efficiency improvements in the EU and should therefore be used to its full potential. Notwithstanding the rather early state of play of implementation, the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive, in our view, offers the opportunity to truly implement the 'Energy Efficiency First' principle of Energy Union throughout all market segments and the successful COP21 outcome, which we support. The review should reinstall the level of ambition needed to come on track for the 2050 objectives in this area and to complete the current gaps in the fields of buildings, transport, industry and energy, including renewables and smart infrastructures. Treating energy efficiency as a resource in its own right, representing the value of energy saved, will be a fundamental step in this context so as to allow energy efficiency and demand side response to compete on equal terms with generation capacity and a stricter target for 2030 to be implemented through tapping energy system savings potentials.
Orgalime believes in coupling the three no regrets options of 'Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Sources (RES) and Smart Distribution Grids' and a European manufacturing agenda as one of the motors of innovative future jobs and growth in Europe and European global technology leadership.