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    Enlightening Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive

    Enlightening Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive

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    Enlightening Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive

    Impacts of loopholes, lack of clarity and weak implementation on the delivery of energy savings under Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive

    Study by: Stefan Scheuer, Frances Bean
    Commissioned by: Climate Action Network Europe


    Energy Efficiency Directive

    The Energy Efficiency Directive and emissions reductions

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    Energy Efficiency Directive

    Analysis by Stefan Scheuer Consulting shows that new and additional energy savings resulting from an extension of the most important requirements of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) to 2030, as required to realise the EU’s cost-effective potential for energy savings, would significantly reduce GHG emissions in the sectors not included under the EU Emission Trading System (non-ETS sectors).

    Bean, F., Scheuer, S. (July 2015, updated January 2016). The Energy Efficiency Directive and emissions reductions. Stefan Scheuer Consulting.


    2nd River Basin Management Plans – Healthier Rivers, Less Dams, Dykes and Nitrogen

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    The Water Framework Directive (WFD) that the European Union adopted in 2000 is a formidable instrument to effectively address the pressures on European freshwaters in a holistic and integrated way.

    Thanks to this common European framework and the adoption of the first generation of River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs), some progress has been achieved. The improvements have however been relatively modest and significantly below original expectations. The target of getting all European waters in good condition by 2015 will indeed be missed by far – about half of European surface waters are in fact unlikely to reach good ecological status in 2015.

    The second RBMPs, which are currently under development in the Member States and will cover the 2016-2021 period, need to build on the lessons drawn from the first generation of Plans and include the measures required to speed up progress towards achieving the Directive’s objective.

    In order to support citizens and citizens’ groups involved in the ongoing public consultation on the draft plans, the EEB has put together this publication building on the experience of its members with WFD implementation. We hope that it will help environmental NGOs as well as other interested members of the public in critically scrutinizing the draft plans and making constructive proposals. This will help to ensure that we have second RBMPs that truly deliver the measures needed to achieve good status in all bodies of surface water and groundwater by the end of 2021.

    Concept and development: Stefan Scheuer Consulting
    Written by: Stefan Scheuer and Leonardo Mazza


    Bankwatch EE1

    Putting energy efficiency first – Reframing the European Investment Bank’s action

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    Bankwatch EE1

    The aim of this report, commissioned by CEE Bankwatch Network, is to provide arguments why the European Investment Bank (EIB) should apply the Energy Efficiency first principle in its lending decision and explore the most promising mechanisms on how to do this.

    Marion Santini, Stefan Scheuer, 2015. Putting energy efficiency first – Reframing the European Investment Bank’s action in times of transition and uncertainty. A study for CEE Bankwatch Network.


    Study on Existing and Future EU Water Legislation

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    Upon request of MEPs, members of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), the European Parliament’s Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services has drawn a paper on the Cost of Non-Europe in Water Legislation. Their assessment builds on expert research commissioned specifically for the purpose and provided by Triple E consulting – Energy, Environment & Economics B.V.

    The overall objective of the expert study was to carry out a combination of a backward looking (ex-post) and forward looking (ex-ante) evaluation of European water legislation. The emphasis is on the ex-post aspect, mainly because of the need to check the level of implementation of existing legislation. The ex-ante aspect aims at assessing the potential costs and benefits of further intervention at EU levelusing five case studies, along the lines of the approach adopted for other sectors and reported in the ‘Mapping the Cost of Non-Europe, 2014 -19’ report.

    Contract details:
    Directorate-General for Parliamentary Research Services, Directorate C-Impact Assessment and European Added Value

    Presented by:
    Triple E Consulting –Energy, Environment & Economics

    Rob Williams
    Stefan Scheuer (Stefan Scheuer Consulting)
    Oscar Widerberg
    Lisa Eichler
    Mariya Gancheva

    Download: Study on Existing and Future EU Water Legislation

    Download: EP report – The Cost of Non-Europe in Water Legislation

    toolkit complaint

    Guide: Your Complaints For Strong Implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive

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    toolkit complaint

    This practical guide for complaints encourages stakeholders, both at national and EU level, to make best use of complaints to the European Commission in order to tackle poor or lacking implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive.

    Frances Bean, 2014, Your Complaints For Strong Implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive. A guide funded by the European Climate Foundation.


    EU EED: Guidebook for Strong Implementation

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    The European Union has three climate and energy targets to be reached before 2020: a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, 20% of energy derived from renewables and a 20% increase in energy efficiency. If these 2020 targets are not met, a sustainable, secure and affordable energy system will be exceedingly difficult and expensive to achieve.

    The Coalition believes that the quality of implementation of other directives has been relatively poor. MSs often transpose EU directives with a view to meeting only the minimum levels of ambition, avoiding complexity or changes to existing national law, even though going beyond minimum requirements can often bring numerous economic advantages and other types of benefits. All actors within the value chains of the sectors covered in the EED, be it industry, buildings, appliances, transport or energy supply, have a vested interest in supporting good implementation. MSs have made a political commitment to the 2020 targets and the Coalition will work to help them follow through on that commitment. The Coalition wants to stress that this guidebook is part of a long-term endeavour, rather than a one-off attempt that will end with its publication.

    This guidebook is intended for members of the Coalition and other national, regional and local implementers and stakeholders of the EED, including industry, manufacturers, utility companies and non-profit organisations.

    Editor responsible:
    Stefan Scheuer

    Contributing authors and organisations:
    Andoni Hidalgo (Eurima)
    Andrea Marandino (E3G)
    Arnaud Duvielguerbigny (COGEN Europe)
    Brook Riley (Friends of the Earth)
    Dan Staniaszek (BPIE)
    Dora Petroula (Climate Action Network Europe)
    Eoin Lees (Regulatory Assistance Project)
    Erica Hope (European Climate Foundation)
    Fran McCrae (Stefan Scheuer Consulting)
    Ingrid Holmes (E3G)
    Katarzyna Wardal (European Federation of Intelligent Energy Efficiency Services)
    Marta Toporek (Client Earth)
    Matthieu Ballu (Stefan Scheuer Consulting)
    Randall Bowie (eceee)
    Renée Bruel (European Climate Foundation)
    WWF European Policy Office


    Energy efficency: How effective are public suport schemes?

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    Ademe study

    Study for ADEME on public financing of energy efficiency programmes

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    Ademe study

    The French Environment & Energy Management Agency ADEME commissioned Stefan Scheuer SPRL to provide a survey of public budgets committed by different Member States through grant schemes, loans or tax measures to support energy efficiency investments in buildings.

    Matthieu Ballu, Paolo Di Stefano, 2012. Efficacité des soutiens publics aux investissements d’efficacité énergétique dans l’Union européenne. A study for ADEME (in French).


    Energy Savings 2020

    Energy Savings 2020: How to triple the impact of energy saving policies in Europe

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    The European Union committed itself in 2009 to the reduction of its Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by between 80 and 95% by 2050. The European Climate Foundation (ECF) has commissioned a series of reports from various sector experts to quantify that goal, assess how it can be achieved and what its impacts might be.

    Energy Savings 2020 is the latest report in the series. The role of this report is to assess the impact of current EU energy and climate policies and to make recommendations on the design of an overarching energy saving policy framework to achieve Europe’s 20% energy savings target by 2020 as a vital step to meet its 2050 GHG commitment.

    The report was commissioned by the European Climate Foundation (ECF) and the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP).
    Stefan Scheuer was advisor to ECF in this project.


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