EBC and UIPI joined forces to organise a series of roundtables on the theme of “Financing energy efficiency in private housing”. After a first seminar on the opportunities provided by the Juncker Plan, the second workshop showed that, although energy saving obligation schemes and alternative measures vary considerably across the Member States in their scale, scope and design, they provide more energy savings than any other policy instrument introduced by the Energy Efficiency Directive.
Through examples from France, Italy and the United Kingdom, this workshop demonstrated how all these mechanisms can provide a suitable complement to finance and boost energy efficiency renovations in the privately-owned building stock.
The event took place on 14 October in Brussels. See the agenda of the seminar.
Under Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive, EU countries should set up an energy efficiency obligation scheme. This scheme requires energy companies to achieve yearly energy savings of 1.5% of annual sales to final consumers.
In order to reach this target, energy companies have to carry out measures which help final consumers improve energy efficiency. This may include improving the heating system in consumers' homes, installing double glazed windows, or better insulating roofs to reduce energy consumption.
EU countries may also implement alternative policy measures (to the energy efficiency obligation scheme) which reduce final energy consumption. These measures can include, among other things, financial incentives that lead to an increased use of energy efficient technologies and training, including energy advisory programmes.