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    High energy prices drive up need for energy savings

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    Latest research shows that the EU’s economic energy savings potentials are growing as energy prices increase. The European Commission has proposed a 9% energy savings target for 2030 in the Fit for 55 Package, but the economic potential could reach up to 23% in case whole-sale energy prices are double in 2030 compared to the EU’s estimate before Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this year.

    Niels Fuglsang, MEP: ‘The EU Parliament has paid close attention to the economic potentials in the past. These new findings show that we need to work hard with Member States to acknowledge the growing importance of energy savings.’

    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Eichhammer, Fraunhofer ISI: ‘The assessment of economic potentials is an important tool to support the setting of energy saving targets, which are feasible and maximise benefits for citizens. The new energy price outlook for the EU drives up the potentials significantly.’

    Stefan Scheuer, Director, Stefan Scheuer Consulting: ‘The EU can and must increase its energy saving ambition. It will keep our energy bills in check and accelerate the phase out of Russian oil and gas.’

    Mirella Vitale, Senior Vice President, ROCKWOOL Group: ‘Tapping into the EU’s cost-effective energy savings potential is essential to protect households and businesses from runaway energy bills. But we need to act now. We’ve been having the same debate for 10 years – we cannot afford to delay actions to the next decade.’

    Christian Noll, Managing Director, DENEFF: ‘It will cost many billion Euro to not increase political efforts on energy efficiency! In the face of an energy price and security crisis, we expect the German government and other European leaders to push for more ambition in the EU council negotiations.’

    Wolfgang EICHHAMMER, Stefan SCHEUER: Assessing the impact of high energy prices on the economic potentials for energy savings in the EU, April 2021.

    With the support of

    • Deutsche Unternehmensinitiative Energieeffizienz e.V. (DENEFF), Berlin, and
    • ROCKWOOL Group

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    High energy prices drive up need for energy savings

    587 843 Almut Bonhage

    Latest research shows that the EU’s economic energy savings potentials are growing as energy prices increase. The European Commission has proposed a 9% energy savings target for 2030 in the Fit for 55 Package, but the economic potential could reach up to 23% in case whole-sale energy prices are double in 2030 compared to the EU’s estimate before Russia invaded Ukraine earlier this year.

    Niels Fuglsang, MEP: ‘The EU Parliament has paid close attention to the economic potentials in the past. These new findings show that we need to work hard with Member States to acknowledge the growing importance of energy savings.’

    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Eichhammer, Fraunhofer ISI: ‘The assessment of economic potentials is an important tool to support the setting of energy saving targets, which are feasible and maximise benefits for citizens. The new energy price outlook for the EU drives up the potentials significantly.’

    Stefan Scheuer, Director, Stefan Scheuer Consulting: ‘The EU can and must increase its energy saving ambition. It will keep our energy bills in check and accelerate the phase out of Russian oil and gas.’

    Mirella Vitale, Senior Vice President, ROCKWOOL Group: ‘Tapping into the EU’s cost-effective energy savings potential is essential to protect households and businesses from runaway energy bills. But we need to act now. We’ve been having the same debate for 10 years – we cannot afford to delay actions to the next decade.’

    Christian Noll, Managing Director, DENEFF: ‘It will cost many billion Euro to not increase political efforts on energy efficiency! In the face of an energy price and security crisis, we expect the German government and other European leaders to push for more ambition in the EU council negotiations.’

    Wolfgang EICHHAMMER, Stefan SCHEUER: Assessing the impact of high energy prices on the economic potentials for energy savings in the EU, April 2021.

    With the support of

    • Deutsche Unternehmensinitiative Energieeffizienz e.V. (DENEFF), Berlin, and
    • ROCKWOOL Group

    download report

    download briefing

    Energy sufficiency as a strategy

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    Many citizens are appalled by the war in Ukraine and want to do something. This momentum is worth being taken up. Energy sufficiency is an act of practical solidarity and offers a way out of feelings of helplessness.

    A group of scientists and representatives of civil society is addressing their theses on how to use energy sufficiency as a strategy to politicians, businesses and citizens.

    Link to original text (in German)

    Link to list of signatories and additional resources

    English translation

     

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    Energy efficiency targets explained

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    The European Commission proposed a 2030 EU energy efficiency target of at least 9% below the new REF2020 scenario, in absolute numbers 1023 Mtoe for primary energy consumption (PEC) and 787 Mtoe for final energy consumption (FEC). This level is based on the ‘Mix55’ scenario of the Climate Target Plan. The European Commission states this is the level needed to reach in a cost-effective way the EU 2030 climate target of reducing GHG emission by 55% and ultimately the carbon neutrality target set for 2050.

    This level of ambition:

    • is to be seen as an absolute minimum. Going below would jeopardise the climate neutrality goal and make the clean energy transition more expensive;
    • is well below the cost-effective potential for energy efficiency. According to latest modelling, it would stand at 18% for PEC and 17% for FEC;
    • is built on the current 2030 target gap for FEC. The new baseline EU reference scenario (REF2020) reaches in 2030 a FEC of 864 Mtoe, well above the current target of 829 Mtoe (adjusted to new Eurostat method). According to explanations in REF2020, this difference for FEC is due to unambitious national contributions set by Member States in their NECPs summing up to -29.6% instead of the required -32.5%. The gap for PEC was closed by taking into consideration measures to phase out coal and nuclear. It reaches 1124 Mtoe, which is slightly below the current target of 1128 Mtoe (see graphs below).

    FEC target

    Conclusion:

    • The proposed target level is at the lower end of what is needed to secure a fast, fair and attractive transition to a climate-neutral energy system. A higher target level would be beneficial, in particular to protect the most vulnerable. In order to achieve a higher level, the annual savings in Article 8 need to be adapted accordingly (see position of the Coalition for Energy Savings, January 2022).
    • The binding character of the EU target and national contributions, and a strengthened target governance are key for the success of energy efficiency policy.
    • The REF2020 baseline for FEC is weaker than the current target, due to the gap to meet it. This is a sign of policy failure. The EED recast is the opportunity to improve the governance.

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    Dashboard on energy performance of buildings in Europe

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    Dashboard

    The new dashboard monitors progress of buildings across the EU 27 Member States towards the 2050 net-zero GHG emissions goal with a focus on energy use in residential buildings (75% of the European buildings stock). It shows data since 2005 and will be regularly updated over the coming years. This should normally happen in January, when Eurostat publishes new energy data on energy efficiency. Policy indicators will be updated as new information becomes available.

    Final energy consumption (FEC) data are the central parameter of this dashboard. They are closely linked to the EU’s energy efficiency target and the energy performance of buildings. Data on energy use are collected systematically, robust and regularly updated. The FEC data are complemented by a set of additional qualitative and quantitative indicators, which help to draw a detailed picture of the situation and progress on the ground.

    The Dashboard was developed by Stefan Scheuer Consulting for the European Climate Foundation and first published in June 2021. Data visualisation by Maarten Lambrechts. Latest update: January 2022.

    Buildings dashboard website

    Dashboard

    Dashboard on energy performance of buildings in Europe

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    Developing and running a dashboard on the energy performance of the EU buildings stock. The dashboard on progress of Europe’s buildings towards climate neutrality monitors progress of buildings across the EU 27 Member States towards the 2050 net-zero GHG emissions goal. The dashboard is mandated by the European Climate Foundation.

    Buildings dashboard website

    Advocacy for toxic-free products

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    Managing the cooperation between CHEM Trust and the European Environment Bureau (EEB) in coordinating green NGO’s campaigning for toxic-free products, namely in the context of the REACH review. The project is funded under the European Environment Initiative (EURENI) launched by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

    EURENI website

    Support DENEFF in advocating for a strong EED

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    Stefan Scheuer Consulting is supporting DENEFF, the voice of German business for Energy Efficiency, to ensure the EU’s legislators walk the talk and make energy savings the true bedrock for a fair, fast and attractive energy transition.

    DENEFF website

    2020 energy consumption plummets as a result of GDP slump

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    Eurostat data for Final Energy Consumption (FEC) and Primary Energy Consumption (PEC) 2020 are published. As expected, they show a sharp drop in energy consumption for 2020.

    Eurostat displays the data as “outperforming” the 2020 energy efficiency target of the EU. This presentation is a superficial and misleading reading.

    Covid response measures resulted in a GDP slump, with a strong impact on energy use. Energy consumption dropped in particular in the transport sector. Furthermore, 2020 was a very warm year with a low energy consumption for heating.

    GDP and climate are strong drivers for energy consumption. They need to be considered when interpreting energy consumption development. The decoupling graph below shows this relation. 2020 FEC and PEC figures are put in relation to heating degree days and GDP:

    The 2020 energy consumption figures should not distract us from the fact that Member States are not on track on to meet EU energy and climate goals. Improving the legislation on energy efficiency, and in particular the target governance and enforcement mechanism, is more urgent than ever.

    Stefan Scheuer Consulting has published an assessment of the Fit for 55 package, with recommendations how to ensure target achievement in the future.

    Link Eurostat

    No reason to celebrate 2020 target achievement

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    The EEA “Trends and Projections 2021” report published earlier this week concludes that all three energy and climate targets for 2020 are achieved. Are they really?

    2020 was a very warm winter, and the Covid crisis reduced economic activity considerably. And weather and activity are strong drivers for energy consumption.

    The decoupling graph provided by Stefan Scheuer Consulting clearly shows this relation. 2020 FEC and PEC estimates by EEA are put in relation to heating degree days and GDP.

    “The decrease in energy demand for 2020 is not a result of an increase in energy efficiency, but a sad accident,” says Stefan Scheuer. “These figures should not distract us from the fact that we are failing to take serious energy efficiency measures.”

    Estimates for 2021 by IEA show that energy demand comes back with economic recovery.

    Improving the legislation on energy efficiency, and in particular the target governance and enforcement mechanism, is more urgent than ever. Stefan Scheuer Consulting has published an assessment of the Fit for 55 package earlier this month, with recommendations how to ensure target achievement in the future.

    Full size graphic FEC/PEC in relation to GDP and heating degree days 2020

    Source: EEA and Eurostat

    Link EEA Trend report

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