Brussels, 6 June 2019:
In March 2019, under the provisions of the Governance of the Energy Union Regulation, the 28 European Member States submitted their National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPs) to the European Commission, detailing what objectives, policies and measures they are aiming to put in place from 2021 to 2030 in order to reach the Energy Union’s goals and notably reach the climate goals of the Paris Agreement.
EPEE welcomes the introduction of the NECPs, as they will help Member States draw up concrete roadmaps to reach the 2030 climate and energy targets and beyond, and provide more regulatory certainty to industry. EPEE believes that a robust policy framework has been put in place at the EU level – but that there is still a major gap between these policies and their actual implementation on the ground. The NECPs can provide an excellent tool in helping to close this gap.
Therefore, EPEE has drafted an overview of the HVAC-R sector’s recommendations for the European Commission to consider when assessing Member States National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPs).
Following an initial analysis, EPEE believes that most NECPs not only lack detail and ambition, but also fail to address the potential of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) in helping Member States and the EU deliver on their climate and energy goals. That is why, EPEE calls on the European Commission to consider the critical role of HVAC-R in their recommendations to EU Member States. EPEE recommends in particular to:
- Tap into the full potential of technical building systems
- Ensure stronger and more effective market surveillance
- Enforce the EU F-Gas Regulation effectively
- Harness the development of smart appliances for electricity market flexibility
- Promote the concept of thermal energy recovery
EPEE’s Recommendations to EU Member States on their NECPs can be downloaded here.
EPEE of course remains at the disposal of the European Commission and Member States to further detail the views of the HVAC-R industry on how to ensure that NECPs fully grasp the opportunities provided by the industry to reduce their GHG emissions, improve their energy efficiency, and overall fulfill their climate ambitions.
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The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE) represents the interests of the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe. Founded in the year 2000, EPEE’s membership is composed of 48 member companies, national and international associations from Europe, the USA and Asia, employing more than 200,000 people in Europe and realising a turnover of over 30 billion Euro.