Will your Government support your Energy Efficiency solutions?

flags-of-the-eu-member-countriesPushed by European Union regulation (such as EED, 2012/27/EU), Member States have to achieve some Energy Efficiency targets and requirements (followed through NEEAPs). Whatever the Member State you want to sell your Energy Efficiency solutions into, you may want to be supported through some facilitating regulations, incentives or subsidies.

To ensure your lobbying action to be impactful and get it ready, get through the 13following questions:

  1. Needless to say that unemployment is a key issue for EU Member StatesDoes your Energy Efficiency solution create non-relocatable jobs? Is it a labour-intensive solutions?
  2. According to some studies, “the health benefits from energy retrofits could be worth more than the value of the saving in energy costs”. Does your Energy Efficiency solution have positive impact on health?
  3. According to some researches, “thermal discomfort caused by high or low temperature had negative influence on productivity”. Does your Energy Efficiency solution improve comfort?
  4. On average, European households spent about one month per year of income for energy bill. Can your Energy Efficiency solution generate massive energy cost savings for individuals, firms and, above all, local and central authorities?
  5. About 10 to 25% of EU citizens are fuel poor. Can your Energy Efficiency solution reduce fuel poverty?
  6. Energy efficient assets (buildings for instance) are becoming more valuable than others. Even though the link between the market value of a building and its green features is long to emerge, it could be worth to show it. So, does your Energy Efficiency solution increase assets’ value?
  7. According to EU assessment studies, EED and targets achievements could make the EU Member States’ GDP better off (about 2.7%). Would your Energy Efficiency solution have a positive impact on your national GDP?
  8. According to a Renovate Europe report, buildings retrofit for instance should have a very positive impact on public finance (about 1% of GDP). Will your Energy Efficiency solution have an impact on public finances?
  9. EU Member States’ energy balance of trade (especially Germany, Italy, France, and Spain) are heavily negative. Can your Energy Efficiency solution reduce imported energy consumption?
  10. Does your Energy Efficiency solution spur R&D? Does it lead to improve industrial competitiveness? Does it have an export opportunities potential?
  11. Some EU Member States are facing power capacity issues. Does your Energy Efficiency solution help reduce peak loads?
  12. There are numerous air pollutants related to energy consumption (NOx, SO2, and so on). Does your Energy Efficiency solution prevent systems from emanating them?
  13. Even though carbon financial incentives have roughly disappeared (European CO2 prices, few coercive regulations), some EU Member States keep pushing low-carbon initiatives. Does your Energy Efficiency solution decrease significantly greenhouse gases?

If you can answer “yes” to more than 10 here above questions, just rush headlong and ask for a meeting with your favorite Nation policy makers. You’ll definitely get the monkey off their back.


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