Reducing Europe’s energy consumption and dependency on imports, whilst ensuring environmental protection remains one of Europe’s main challenges.
This is why Europe in 2007 initially set out 2020 targets: a +20% improvement in energy efficiency, coupled with a +20% target for renewable energies and -20% for CO2 emissions.
To ensure that Europe remains on track, and keeps a long-term focus Europe has in 2014 agreed 2030 targets: a +27% indicative target to improve energy efficiency and renewable energies, and a -40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions.
This also is in line with the broader strategic pieces such as the 2050 low-carbon roadmap, the 2050 Energy Roadmap as well as the Energy Union.
This general framework represent a major cornerstone for our sector as it has led to the creation of a specific strategy for our sector (the EU Heating & Cooling Strategy as well as the Circular Economy Package) as well as specific legisilation a key fundament for our sector (such as the Energy Efficiency Directive, Eco-design, the Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive)
EPEE has a strong strategic Vision for the future on how the EU and its legislation can unleash the energy savings potential of the heating and cooling sector.
The European Commission launched a comprehensive Heating & Cooling Strategy in February 2016.
This Strategy is of crucial importance as the first ever comprehensive approach on our sector. EPEE nonetheless deplores some gaps in the Strategy, namely the lack of focus on properly sizing, installing, and maintaining of products in buildings as well as on the cooling sector in general, which appear as the junior partner in the Strategy.
In addition, at the end of 2015 the European Commission has launched a Circular Economy Strategy, replacing a previous 2014 proposal, with the intention of “closing the loop of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use.
Within this Strategy, EPEE specifically follows the provisions related to Extended Producer Responsibility and resource efficiency of the Ecodesign framework.
Through its membership of the Coalition for Energy Savings and its Energy Efficiency Industrial Forum, EPEE works closely on the Energy Efficiency Directive which was adopted in 2012 and which is up for review in 2016.
Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU. The EPBD aims to improve energy efficiency in buildings. Efficient HVAC systems that are used within buildings are key to help buildings become more energy efficient.
With this regard, we welcome the upcoming review of the EPBD and we call upon the EU to look at buildings as a system including properly sizing, installing, controlling and maintaining products and not just the “envelope”.
In 2006, the EU adopted the Renewable Energy Sources Directive and recognized heat pumps as a Renewable Energy Technology.
But more can be done to ensure that Europe moves to more and more efficient use of renewable technologies, which is why EPEE supports the upcoming review.
EPEE fully supports the objectives of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling frameworks which ensure that energy efficiency products are placed on the market and which delivers tangible cost and energy savings in Europe by helping consumers choose the most energy efficient products.
EPEE highlights the need to maintain the effectiveness of the framework and supports initiatives that encourage the replacement of old and less efficient appliances – smart appliances are of utmost importance for the EU 2030 targets.
Focusing on individual products (so-called LOTs), the EU has already adopted 24 Ecodesign and 12 Energy Labelling rules, including components like fans. 11 product groups are under development and another 12 new product groups are in the study phase. More about the Ecodesign process and relevant Lots to EPEE?