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    Almut Bonhage

    New study on synergies between Effort Sharing & Energy Savings

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    The new 55% climate target will bring major revisions of the EU’s energy and climate laws. Quite opposing policy options are on the table. Strengthening the existing policy architecture or moving to a carbon price all-out approach. This new study informs the discussion about these options. It looks at the interactions and synergies between three of the key policy instruments: Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR), EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS) and the energy savings obligations in Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

    The study clearly shows that the ESR is an important driver for national action to deliver energy savings and thus to ensure cost-effective and equitable GHG reductions (see info graphic).

    info graphic ESR Art 7

    The study assesses different scenarios with more ambitious ESR targets for Member States and with an increased level of energy savings under Article 7. Most countries would need to fully deliver their EED energy savings obligation in order to meet the ESR targets, not only with the current level of 0.8% savings per year but with an increased level of 1.6%.

    The study has been carried out over the last months by Stefan Scheuer Consulting, the Regulatory Assistance Project and Öko-Institut.

    The authors say:

    Stefan SCHEUER: “The ′Fit for 55′ package is a unique opportunity to improve the coherence of the EU’s climate and energy efficiency policies. The ESR is essential to maximise the synergies between the different legislative instruments. Higher national GHG targets will secure national efforts needed to address market failures and barriers to energy efficiency investments together with the EED energy savings obligations.”

    Samuel THOMAS: “The energy savings obligation under the EED’s Article 7 will at least need to be doubled in order to meet the 55% climate goal: from the current 0.8% to 1.6% starting in 2025. These need to be energy savings on the ground, accurately measured and verified, and fully additional to EU measures. Energy savings obligations can ensure meaningful national contributions in unlocking the cost-effective abatement potential of energy efficiency.”

    Note: Climate campaigners launched a petition to support national climate targets in the ‘Fit for 55’ package (https://www.everybodycounts.eu/) ahead of the Commission’s public consultation on the ESR ending on 5 February 2021.

    Jakob GRAICHEN, Stefan SCHEUER, Samuel THOMAS: Strengthening synergies between climate effort sharing & energy savings obligations, an input to the “Fit for 55” package, February 2021

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    Synergies between Effort Sharing & Energy Savings

    509 726 Almut Bonhage

    The new 55% climate target will bring major revisions of the EU’s energy and climate laws. Quite opposing policy options are on the table. Strengthening the existing policy architecture or moving to a carbon price all-out approach. This new study informs the discussion about these options. It looks at the interactions and synergies between three of the key policy instruments: Effort Sharing Regulation (ESR), EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS) and the energy savings obligations in Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

    The study clearly shows that the ESR is an important driver for national action to deliver energy savings and thus to ensure cost-effective and equitable GHG reductions (see info graphic).

    info graphic ESR Art 7

    The study assesses different scenarios with more ambitious ESR targets for Member States and with an increased level of energy savings under Article 7. Most countries would need to fully deliver their EED energy savings obligation in order to meet the ESR targets, not only with the current level of 0.8% savings per year but with an increased level of 1.6%.

    The study has been carried out over the last months by Stefan Scheuer Consulting, the Regulatory Assistance Project and Öko-Institut.

    The authors say:

    Stefan SCHEUER: “The ′Fit for 55′ package is a unique opportunity to improve the coherence of the EU’s climate and energy efficiency policies. The ESR is essential to maximise the synergies between the different legislative instruments. Higher national GHG targets will secure national efforts needed to address market failures and barriers to energy efficiency investments together with the EED energy savings obligations.”

    Samuel THOMAS: “The energy savings obligation under the EED’s Article 7 will at least need to be doubled in order to meet the 55% climate goal: from the current 0.8% to 1.6% starting in 2025. These need to be energy savings on the ground, accurately measured and verified, and fully additional to EU measures. Energy savings obligations can ensure meaningful national contributions in unlocking the cost-effective abatement potential of energy efficiency.”

    Note: Climate campaigners launched a petition to support national climate targets in the ‘Fit for 55’ package (https://www.everybodycounts.eu/) ahead of the Commission’s public consultation on the ESR ending on 5 February 2021.

    Jakob GRAICHEN, Stefan SCHEUER, Samuel THOMAS: Strengthening synergies between climate effort sharing & energy savings obligations, an input to the “Fit for 55” package, February 2021

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    Energy efficiency picked up speed in 2019

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    PEC/FEC 2019

    2019 saw a declining energy demand, according to latest Eurostat data. This happens the second year in a row now since 2014 when economic growth in the EU picked up again and indeed the EU’s energy efficiency flagship, the energy savings obligation, started.

    It means energy demand is absolutely decoupled from economic growth. This is mainly due to energy efficiency improvements. However, 2020 we expect disruptions caused by Corona measures, which leads to a decline in energy efficiency investments according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

    Having a closer look at the 2019 FEC/PEC data shows some interesting trends:

    1. 2020 energy efficiency targets are reachable, especially for primary energy consumption (PEC), which declines faster than final energy (FEC). This could be due to the ongoing switch from coal to PV and wind energy. The latter are 100% efficient by convention which compares well to the roughly 30-40% efficiency for coal.

    2. Final energy consumption (FEC) looks less good and achieving the 2020 energy efficiency target is uncertain. This is worrying because this is due to our leaky homes and polluting cars. Reducing energy end use is crucial to ensure the transition to a carbon free energy system is socially equitable.

    Look out for the for Odyssee-Mure project, which provides more detailed analysis and insights.

    Full size graphic FEC/PEC 2019

    Link Eurostat FEC/PEC data

    European Commission takes first step towards toxic-free food packaging

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    FCM

    On Friday 18th December 2020, the European Commission finally kicked off a revision of EU laws on chemicals in food contact materials (FCM), with the publication of an Inception Impact Assessment (IIA) for consultation.

    This initiative is a key milestone in closing the chemicals safety gap for food packaging in the EU,” says Stefan Scheuer. “The new Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability provides the right direction for re-writing the rules. We welcome that the most harmful chemicals are to be banned. In the meantime, existing procedures should be used immediately to tackle the most harmful groups of chemicals, such as the bisphenols and the forever chemicals PFAS.”

    Link full blog on CHEM Trust website

    CHEMTrust

    Chief EU Policy Advocate at CHEM Trust

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    Stefan Scheuer is working for replacing hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives in his role as Chief EU Policy Advocate.

    CHEM Trust website (team)

    Roadmap Citizen-led Renovation

    A Roadmap on how to develop Citizen-led Renovation

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    Roadmap Citizen-led Renovation

    Citizen-led Renovation aims to boost the demand for residential energy renovations by mobilising citizen participation, a concept developed by REScoop.eu and Stefan Scheuer Consulting.

    This “Roadmap on how to develop Citizen-led Renovation as driver for the renovation wave” was established on the basis of REScoop.eu Building renovation working group findings, documented in the “Report on barriers and drivers to the deployment of Citizen-led Renovation mechanisms” finalised in April 2020.

    Authors:
    Almut Bonhage, Stefan Scheuer Consulting

    With the support of:
    Stefan Scheuer, The Coalition for Energy Savings
    Stanislas d’Herbemont, REScoop.eu
    Bastiaan de Jong, European Climate Foundation

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    Stefan Scheuer appointed as CHEM Trust’s Chief EU Policy Advocate

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    CHEMTrust

    Stefan Scheuer will work with CHEM Trust for replacing hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives in his new role as Chief EU Policy Advocate.

    With its European Green Deal, the Commission is preparing several strategies aiming at achieving a toxic-free environment, namely the Circular Economy, Farm to Fork and Chemical Strategy.

    Link to CHEM Trust website (about us/team)

    Stefan Scheuer appointed for second term at Management Board of ECHA 2019-2023

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    The European Commission appointed Stefan Scheuer as the representative of environmental, health and consumer NGOs at the Management Board of the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) for a second term.

    “ECHA has achieved a lot and remains central for the EU to deliver benefits for citizens and their environment. Industrial chemicals silently pollute our bodies, our rivers, our food and our air. We need to tackle the toxic emergency together with climate change and the loss biodiversity,” says Stefan Scheuer.

    Link to ECHA website (Management Board Site)

    New study exposes exagerated use of tax measures claimed under Article 7 of the EED

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    Several studies have shown that energy and carbon taxes play an important role in many Member States for meeting their energy savings obligation in the 2014-2020 period. Often, those taxes were introduced decades ago and have not been updated since. Nevertheless, their impacts are claimed to be significant.

    A new study conducted by the Regulatory Assistance Project and Stefan Scheuer Consulting assesses the use of taxation in order to meet energy savings obligation (Article 7, Energy Efficiency Directive) over the first four-year period (2014-2017) in all 28 Member States. What would happen if all countries freely credited all energy taxes as energy savings, regardless their real impact? The study concludes that this would render the article 7 meaningless. On paper, it could wipe out the need for any new energy efficiency policy. But on the ground, energy use would continue to increase.

    The revised Energy Efficiency Directive contains important safeguards which are set out in the study. Legislators have added new requirements to ensure that tax measures are indeed delivering new and additional energy savings. Applied correctly, this will reinforce the real contribution of the Directive to meet the EU’s 2020 and 2030 energy savings targets.

    Authors:
    Jan Rosenow, Principal & European Programme Director, The Regulatory Assistance Project
    Stefan Scheuer, Director, Stefan Scheuer Consulting

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    Link to article in Euractiv

    EED Article 7 and energy taxes

    Closing the loopholes – Assessment of the potential impact of tax measures on energy savings claimed under Article 7 of the EED

    582 827 Almut Bonhage

    Several studies have shown that energy and carbon taxes play an important role in many Member States for meeting their energy savings obligation in the 2014-2020 period. Often, those taxes were introduced decades ago and have not been updated since. Nevertheless, their impacts are claimed to be significant.

    A new study conducted by the Regulatory Assistance Project and Stefan Scheuer Consulting assesses the use of taxation in order to meet energy savings obligation (Article 7, Energy Efficiency Directive) over the first four-year period (2014-2017) in all 28 Member States. What would happen if all countries freely credited all energy taxes as energy savings, regardless their real impact? The study concludes that this would render the article 7 meaningless. On paper, it could wipe out the need for any new energy efficiency policy. But on the ground, energy use would continue to increase.

    The revised Energy Efficiency Directive contains important safeguards which are set out in the study. Legislators have added new requirements to ensure that tax measures are indeed delivering new and additional energy savings. Applied correctly, this will reinforce the real contribution of the Directive to meet the EU’s 2020 and 2030 energy savings targets.

    Authors:
    Jan Rosenow, Principal & European Programme Director, The Regulatory Assistance Project
    Stefan Scheuer, Director, Stefan Scheuer Consulting

    The work has been enabled by support from the European Climate Foundation to the Regulatory Assistance Project for chapter 2 and 5 and from Rockwool S/A for Stefan Scheuer consulting to conduct the research for chapter 4.

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