CEPI participates in the European Sustainable Energy Week 2010

The annual European Sustainable Energy Week offers many high profile events for the exchange of views and information concerning energy efficiency. The first such event took place in 2005, since when Europe has developed an energy policy including extensive legislation and targets. The Lisbon Treaty gives a clear legal basis to develop this policy agenda.
In a keynote speech at European Sustainable Energy Week 2010 in Brussels on 23 March, EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger set out directions for energy efficiency and renewable policies, starting with policy implementation. Successful implementation of such measures requires coordination which the Commission will support by using all available instruments, including legal measures. Energy efficiency is seen as being the most cost effective way to improve energy security, with the provisions of the recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive being expected to help citizens save around €300 per year per household on energy bills. The Commission is now evaluating the results of work done to date and will draw up a new framework for energy efficiency policy concerning both legislative aspects and financial support. This includes an evaluation of the current 2006 European Action Plan on Energy Efficiency.

The focus will be on areas which are cost effective and can deliver added value for the national energy efficiency policies of Member States including:
- Mainstreaming energy efficiency into other EU policies such as regional policy.
- Market-based instruments such as taxation and public procurement.
- The review of existing legislation including that on energy services and combined heat and power.
- The focus in the building sector on the availability of appropriate funding schemes to improve the renovation rate.
- An ambitious programme on the energy efficiency of products.

The EU has also made a commitment to increase the share of renewable energy. Further progress is needed in areas such as the heating sector. There must also be increased investment in the development of technology. The Commission is now working on the vision for energy policy up to 2050, for which the 2020 agenda lays the foundations. One of the next important developments will now be the publication of the revised European Action Plan on Energy Efficiency which was delayed last year, but is now expected to be published during the upcoming Belgian presidency of the EU.