29 janvier 2009 – Dalkia – Energy efficiency : How to encourage local initiatives ?
Energy efficiency : How to encourage local initiatives ?
Over the last 12 months, increased attention has been paid to the need to considerably improve energy efficiency in the European Union, not only from an energy security and climate change perspective, but also from a competitiveness point of view as there are significant economic opportunities associated with it. In 2007, the action plan for energy efficiency was adopted and outlined the actions that must be taken by the EU, its Member States, and its businesses and consumers to ensure that Europe fulfils its energy efficiency potential. It was significantly reinforced recently by the adoption of the « Energy-Climate » and « Energy efficiency » packages as well as the « Economy Recovery Plan ». Reducing energy consumption and eliminating energy wastage are among the main goals of the EU and energy efficiency now forms the corner stone of the EU’s competitiveness, energy and climate change strategy.
However, the majority of objectives relating to energy efficiency (including cogeneration which is currently under utilised in the EU) are indicative. This raises a central question: can the EU reach its ambitious objectives on the basis of indicative and non-mandatory targets? The EU will only reach these objectives if the right decisions are made on a day-to-day basis and on a large scale. Therefore, should the EU develop incentive and financing mechanisms that would facilitate and accelerate the decision-making process on the field and throughout the EU27? In this context, and in view of the review of the EU energy efficiency action plan foreseen in 2009, the « Club de l’Europe » and Dalkia have partnered to bring together key actors from private sectors and high level decision-makers to map out tools that should be required to develop incentive mechanisms to support and maximise energy efficiency throughout EU 27.
Veolia Environnement Group Executive Representative to the European institutions
Cédric de MEEÛS
Veolia Environnement Group Deputy Representative to the European institutions
Chairman of the European Federation of Intelligent Energy Efficiency Services (EFIEES) & Deputy Manager in Public Affairs of Dalkia
Director General of Dalkia Benelux
Senior Vice-President of Strategy of Dalkia (Veolia Environnement Group)
Eva Baños de GUISAOLA
Policy Officer for the Eurocities Environment Forum
Energy advisor in the office of the Minister of Environment, Energy and Water Policy of the Brussels-Capital Region
Head of « Énergies-Cités » Brussels office
Brussels Minister of Environment, Energy and Water Policy
First Secretary in charge of energy efficiency, Permanent Representation of the Republic of Poland to the European Union
Head of « Energy efficiency » Unit, Energy and Transports DG, New and renewable sources of energy, energy efficiency & innovation Directorate
Project Officer responsible for the Intelligent Energy Europe at the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI)
Member of the European Parliament, Romania, PSE, Vice-Chairwomen of the Committee on Transport and Tourism
Member of M. Andris Piebalgs cabinet, European Commissioner for Energy
Senior Policy Analyst at the Energy Efficiency and Environment Division of the International Energy Agency (IEA)