On 17 June 2015 EPEE was honoured to co-host a workshop during EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) entitled “Heating, cooling and ventilation: How to achieve the largest savings in buildings pursuing the EU’s energy strategy”.
The two-fold objective of the workshop was to explore how to use and deploy innovative technologies to improve the energy efficiency of Europe’s buildings and to discuss the technological challenges faced by regions and cities when planning and implementing large scale energy refurbishments.
“EU Sustainable Energy Week is one of the highlights of the Brussels calendar, and so we were delighted that our proposal to co-host this particular workshop was approved by the European Commission,” said EPEE Director General Andrea Voigt. “EPEE places great importance on engaging with EU decision-makers, but also our international industry colleagues across the supply chain and NGOs, and we are delighted that so many were present today.”
During the workshop Paul Hodson, Head of the Energy Efficiency Unit at DG Energy, gave an update on the review of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive as well as other EU policies to improve buildings’ energy efficiency.
Speaking on behalf of EPEE, Torben Funder-Kristensen of Danfoss explained how supermarkets can play a significant role in smart and integrated energy systems. Other interventions covering heat pumps, energy efficiency in buildings, and the role of cities and regions came from Frank Hovorka, REHVA, Eric Delforge, EHPA, Claus Händel, EVIA, and Christiane Egger, FEDARENE.
The workshop arrived at an opportune time for EPEE, which just last week during its AGM published a position paper on the European Commission’s forthcoming Heating & Cooling Strategy.
“According to the European Commission, buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption and 36% of CO2 emissions in the EU,” continued Ms Voigt. “The Commission’s strategy therefore has a critical role to play, and EPEE is eager to actively participate in what we hope represents an evolution towards more sustainable building stock across Europe”.
In its position paper EPEE lists four aspects that should be taken into consideration when preparing the Strategy and which can contribute to a sustainable and secure energy system in Europe, namely:
- A holistic approach ensuring the effective use of energy
- Consumer awareness and investments in energy efficient solutions
- Enforcing existing EU legislation
- An equal focus on heating and cooling
The workshop at EUSEW was co-organised by:
- REHVA – the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning Associations
- EHPA – the European Heat Pump Association
- EPEE – The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment
- EVIA – the European Ventilation Industry Association