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.
Heating and Cooling Strategy & Circular Economy Strategy
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.
Energy Efficiency Directive
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”.
Renewable Energy Sources Directive
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.
EU Ecodesign and Energy labelling Framework
See all our documents of Energy Efficiency section
EPEE fully supports the objectives of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling framework, which ensures 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. It has proven extremely successful in the past and is certainly one of the success stories in terms of contributing to the EU’s energy and climate goals. Focusing on individual products (so-called Lots), the EU has already adopted around 25 Ecodesign and 15 Energy Labelling Regulations for products such as air-conditioners, professional refrigeration, fans, motors, etc. Regulations for other product groups are under development.
EPEE is actively involved in the development & implementation of the ecodesign and energy labelling measures for the product groups it covers with the objectives of:
- Increasing the overall energy efficiency of products;
- Keeping the cost for consumers at a minimum; and
- Maintaining room for innovation and competition.
To ensure that the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling framework remains a powerful tool to promote energy efficiency at consumer level, EPEE highlights the need to maintain the effectiveness of the framework, ensure robust Market Surveillance in Europe, and optimise the decision-making process.