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'Energy efficiency first': easier said than done?

Energy, Environment and Climate
Date: Wednesday, 15 November 2017 14:00 - 17:30

Venue: Le Bouche à Oreille, Brussels  |  City: Etterbeek, Belgium

As stated in a recently proposed directive (COM(2016) 761 final), “Energy efficiency first” is a key element of the Energy Union. The most recent Commission proposals include a 30 per cent binding energy efficiency target for 2030. Reaching this ambitious target in a cost effective manner, without economic distortions and while promoting competitiveness and growth, requires well-considered policies.

One of the most notable policy options contained in the energy efficiency framework is that Member States must ensure that energy suppliers and distributors increase their energy savings by 1.5% per year, implemented via dedicated energy efficiency obligation schemes and alternative measures. However, recent experience in some Member States raises the question of how to efficiently implement a system of energy efficiency obligations, but also of whether alternative and more efficient measures exist.

Given the strong interest and the considerable resources currently being channeled to this area, CERRE will hold an expert workshop to consider the wide range of available policy measures. Their efficacy will be assessed and discussed in light both of theoretical considerations and practical experience of industry players.

The informative and enlightening discussions at the workshop, will consider a number of questions, including:

  • What is the range of available energy efficiency policy measures and what is the experience across Member States with various measures?
  • Is it possible to characterise best practices from amongst these various measures?
  • What characterises a well-functioning system of dedicated energy efficiency obligations, including participation, coverage, design, trading and regulatory oversight?
  • How will various measures impact on private investment and business opportunities for EU companies, both for small, medium-sized and large enterprises?
  • How do various energy efficiency measures interact with measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

This workshop will bring together a wide range of key actors from the energy sector, including operators, regulatory authorities, academic experts and representatives from consumer groups and the European institutions.

This event is reserved for CERRE members' representatives and a select number of invited guests.




Rue Félix Hap 11
1040 Etterbeek, Belgium




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  • Wednesday, 15 November 2017 14:00 - 17:30

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