The EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) outlines a framework of measures in order for the EU to reach its 20% energy savings target by 2020 and pave the way for more energy efficiency improvements beyond that date. Now that the Directive has entered into force, Member States must transpose it into national law and implement the many requirements in the legislation before the 2020 deadline. You struggle at seeing clearly into it? The Coalition’s Guidebook for Strong Implementation is here to help.
A longstanding debate among European Energy actors is the relevance of an integrated market. Is it worth it? What will be the actual benefits? Is it much cheaper than the alternative of further investment in generation capacity? What should be the rate of investments? Demand Response, Energy Efficiency and local power generation systems wouldn’t make an integrated energy market useless? What about Natural Gas markets?
Here is an initiative lead by SIEMENS, which set up Energy Conference series around the globe. “The first one took place in Belgium, where the panel discussed the importance of an energy market framework that will be critical in sustainable economic growth of the European Union.“
Reducing the amount of energy consumed every day is Europe’s biggest energy resource. It is cheaper, protects our environment and favours competitiveness. EU Commission provided an educational – even if a little bit institutional – video clip giving a less-than-5-min overview of the European Union’s energy efficiency objectives (3×20) and shows how each of us can make the difference, be it in our professional or private life. Enjoy it!
We’ll see later on what kind of tools EU already provides you (for free.
1. Get to know local regulation first
The EU is aiming for a 20% cut in Europe’s annual primary energy consumption by 2020. The Commission has proposed several measures to increase efficiency at all stages of the energy chain. Targets and measures vary from a EU Member State to another. Before launching a product in a given EU Member State, you may want to know the existing measures, regulations and incentives within the country. Visit the European Commission’s website.