PANEL: ENERGY EFFICIENCY WATCH AND UPDATED EU POLICIES
Moderator: Felix Suerkemper, Wuppertal Institute
This Panel will focus on the implementation of EU energy efficiency policies by the EU’s Member States. The main question is whether, and how they will be able to harness the potential for energy efficiency, and eventually reach the target of saving 1.5 % of final energy per year through energy efficiency policies.
As an input to the debate, the methods and results of the analysis of EU Member States’ energy efficiency policies performed by the Energy Efficiency Watch project will be presented.
The Energy Efficiency Watch project, which is co-founded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, facilitates and supports since 2006 the implementation of EU energy efficiency policies in the Member States. The consortium analyses the National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs) and the development of European and national Energy efficiency policies. It carried out expert consultations and an EU-wide survey to gather competent opinions on the progress of energy efficiency policies in the Member States.
Its publications include: 28 Country Reports (available in English and national languages) which analyse the progress of energy efficiency in each Member State; 10 Case Studies that present outstanding energy efficiency policies in Europe and offer inspiration to policy makers; the Key Policy Conclusions, which condense the project’s and translate them into strategic policy conclusions; the project summary report as a brochure: “How to make Europe Number 1 in Energy Efficiency” and the Expert Survey Report which gathered input from over 1100 experts, reporting on levels of ambition and progress of efficiency policies in each Member State.
Findings from the Energy Efficiency Watch project show that, since 2011, there are more new or improved energy efficiency policies than weakened or abandoned. This indicates a clear positive impact of EU policies, especially the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. However, it is unclear whether this improvement in policy implementation will be enough to achieve the 1.5 % per year energy efficiency or savings targets of Art. 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive.
Therefore, the panel debate will first gather more opinions from the panel and the audience on whether the EU and its Member States are on track to to harness the potential for energy efficiency, and eventually reach the target of saving 1.5 % of final energy per year. What is missing in policies or framework conditions, what should be done to improve policies? And as this is an evaluation conference, a special question is: Which role should there be for (1) the NEEAPs, which are to present both expected savings from existing and planned policies, and impact evaluation results on quantification of the energy savings achieved through policies, and (2) for evaluation in general in the (soon to be) revised EED?
Results of the Analysis of EU Member States’ Energy Efficiency Policies Performed by the Energy Efficiency Watch Project [presentation]
Stefan Thomas, Wuppertal Institute
Felix Suerkemper, Wuppertal Institute
Christiane Egger, O.Ö. Energiesparverband
Daniel Becker, Ecofys
Are Member States on track to achieve their 2020 targets? What role should there be for the NEEAPs and evaluation in the revised EED?
Paul Hodson, European Commission
Tina Fawcett, Environmental Change Institute
Stefan Thomas, Wuppertal Institute