Departing from the transposition and implementation process of the European Union Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), the role of the multilevel governance is of utmost importance, as all policy layers (national, regional and local) contribute to the overall energy saving target of each MS.
To support this process, a key message to local and regional authorities is that once their MS transpose the EED fully, it will be their task to ensure that national legislators implement it.
As a part of peer to peer H2020 project PROSPECT, five handbooks were developed for examples innovative financing schemes in the following sectors:
- public buildings
- private buildings
- public lighting
- cross-sectoral (from energy production to climate change adaptation)
The overarching goal of Hotmaps is the development of an open source heating / cooling mapping and planning toolbox and to provide default data for EU28 at national and local level. These data and tool allow public authorities to identify, analyse, model and map resources and solutions to supply energy needs within their territory of responsibility in a resource and cost efficient way. Those results will help authorities to develop heating and cooling strategies on local, regional and national scale which are in line with RES and CO2-Emission targets on national and EU level.
In Europe, more heat is wasted during electricity production than is needed to heat all buildings. Therefore, the potential for improvements in the heating sector is immense.
By collecting the wasted heat from both industry and electricity production and using smart district heating grids, it is possible to save all of the natural gas currently used for heating buildings in Europe This would result in not only monetary savings, but also in a consideration CO2 emissions reduction.
A new Energy Efficiency Directive has been agreed upon and Europeans now have their new target: 32,5% for 2030. Public authorities through their energy efficiency strategies will be the main drivers for implementing the necessary measures and monitoring their impact towards this new target.
Learning from experience and involving energy-citizens; two ways of improving energy-related policymaking
The purpose of this event is twofold
(1) share concrete experiences and raise discussions about the design of energy efficiency policies and their impacts;
(2) provide information and a discussion space around the transformation of the role of energy citizens and energy communities.
The event thus combines the top-down perspective of policy design and successes of policies with the bottom-up perspective of how to involve individuals in the implementation of energy policies and support them in the transformation to energy citizens.
From Here to There – the Path to Follow Leading on national long-term renovation strategies to upgrade our buildings
To lead on the clean energy transition and respect the Paris Agreement, the EU should embark on a decarbonisation path that puts Energy Efficiency First. In that framework, energy renovation of buildings is key, as it holds the biggest energy savings potential, and is also a strong job creator. The EU legislators agreed when they revised the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, as they introduced the objective to reach a highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock by 2050.