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    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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    Energy efficiency now instead of waiting for the green gas

    150 150 Almut Bonhage

    Energy efficiency now instead of waiting for the green gas, says a group of leading scientists in Germany. They counter suggestions that a switch to green gas would be easy and could replace building renovation and investments in more efficient mobility and industrial production.

    Germany is set to fail its 2020 energy efficiency, only reaching it with a ten year delay. As a consequence it is falling short of climate targets and has to pay hefty fines. So far the government has not managed to step up energy efficiency actions and seems to talk up the opportunities of gas in the hope that one day it will be green. 
    According to the scientists green gas is more likely a nice technology, too expensive for everyday use and lacking adequate production capacities, which means that most green gas would need to be imported

    Expertendossier: EffizienteEnergiewendejetzt statt warten auf das grüne Gas (only in German)

    Deneff press release (in German)

    Commission requests correct transposition of energy efficiency law

    150 150 Almut Bonhage

    The European Commission decided to send reasoned opinions to Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom requesting the correct transposition of EU energy efficiency rules (Energy Efficiency Directive, Directive 2012/27/EU) into national law and its proper implementation.

    The Member States concerned now have two months to respond to the arguments put forward by the Commission. Otherwise, the Commission may decide to bring the matter before the Court of Justice of the EU.

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    Commission President-elect: bold on ambition and style, short on details

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    A first check of Ursula von der Leyen’s agenda against the Coalition for Energy Savings’ recommendations for a fast, fair and attractive transition.

    By Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General of the Coalition for Energy Savings

    Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen wants a new working style: she announces a more inclusive and open approach and intends to give the Parliament the right to initiate legislation. Next to gender balance, she made climate protection her central campaign element and committed to bold pledges in an effort to secure her election. Within her fist 100 days in office she promises to propose a European Green Deal including a law to enshrine 2050 climate neutrality. Climate has never been as high on the Commission agenda. This provides an important opportunity for energy efficiency policies.

    Von der Leyen also pledges to increase the 2030 targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction to 50%. As it stands, energy efficiency and renewables targets only get us to at least 46% in 2030. An increased ambition for GHG emissions reduction means to raise the current minimum 32.5% energy efficiency target towards the cost-effective potential, which stands at 40%.

    But how will the new Commission President-elect deliver action on the ground in light of the 2020 energy efficiency target gap and the far too slow progress on energy efficiency?

    First of all, von der Leyen’s agenda includes a promise to use the EU’s budget to support the rule of law. This could provide a key tool to ensure the proper implementation and enforcement of existing EU energy and climate laws.

    Further, she plans to step up pricing signals, as she believes that “carbon emissions must have a price. Every person and every sector will have to contribute”. Concretely, she suggests to extend the EU-ETS to the maritime sector but also to ‘traffic’ and ‘construction’ and to introduce a carbon border tax to prevent carbon leakage. While price signals do help improve energy efficiency, they are on their own insufficient when the main market failures are non-economic, like in the case of building renovations. Complementary measures are needed like financial support mechanisms, which could be funded through carbon revenues, and efficiency regulations. Further, an ETS extension has been discussed many times but was never found to be practicable or feasible. The proposal might turn out to be a smokescreen or, as Juncker’s proposal for qualified majority voting on CO2 taxes, not accepted by Member States who then will be blamed for the failure.

    Important for delivery on the ground will be her proposals for a Sustainable Europe Investment Plan. They include to turn a part of the EIB into a Climate Bank supporting one trillion euro investments by 2030. This has to be put into the perspective of the 2.6 trillion Euro additional investment needed to achieve the current 2030 targets, according to a recent Commission’s modelling. Missing from her plan is an approach how to avoid detrimental investments and how to use the MFF and Member States’ public funding to attract private financing. These are key questions in order to close the investment gaps in each sector and, in particular, the gaps in NECPs and long-term renovation strategies.

    In addition, her industrial strategy lacks content. It should support renovation solutions and earmark enough money for technical assistance and for the origination of bottom-up projects, in line with von der Leyen’s priority of a “new push for European democracy” (bringing the Union closer to citizens).

    Coalition for Energ Savings: EU priority actions 2019-2024 for a fast, fair and attractive transition

    President-elect Ursula von der Leyen: Towards a new commission 2019-2024

    Member of EEB board

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    Stefan Scheuer is a member of the board of the European Environmental Bureau (EEB).

    Consisting of some 30 national members, up to 10 European network representatives and up to three other individuals, the full Board meets three to four times a year to provide oversight and direction in between the meetings of the General Assembly.

    In the EEB board, Stefan Scheuer represents ChemSec – International Chemical Secretariat.

    EEB website

    EEB board members

    Member of ECHA board

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    Stefan Scheuer is member of the Management Board of ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency.

    He is representing environmental, health and consumer interests (first mandate 2015 – 2019 and second mandate 2019 – 2023).

    Website ECHA

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