The Heating & Cooling Sector welcomes the European Parliament ambitious position on the EED and RED II
Brussels, 28 Novembers 2017: EPEE, representing the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump industry in Europe, welcomes the votes of the Industry (ITRE) Committee of the European Parliament on the review of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Renewable Energy Sources Directive (RED II) as a step in the right direction.
In particular, EPEE welcomes ITRE MEPs’ commitment to a binding 40% energy efficiency target for 2030, as well as to the annual energy savings requirement outlined in the Directive’s Article 7 at 1.5% per year. This will unlock energy savings by giving sufficient predictability and confidence to the industry to plan their investments in Europe, especially in buildings. In addition, EPEE welcomes the proposal to use a Primary Energy Factor at 2.0. That would strike the right balance between promoting renewable energies, and the “energy efficiency first” principle and provide a solid and coherent bond between the Energy Efficiency Directive, the Ecodesign and Energy labelling framework and the Directive on renewable energy sources (RED).
Regarding the RED II, EPEE welcomes the ITRE Committee’s call for a 35% binding renewable energy target, as well as, the adoption of a 2% target of the increase in renewable share in heating and cooling in Article 23, although some calculating loopholes in reaching the target were introduced in the Article.
“Once more, the ITRE Committee is taking the lead on supporting ambitious and future-proof energy policies that will give the EU and its Member States tools to address today’s environmental and geopolitical challenges”, said Andrea Voigt, EPEE Director General. EPEE now calls the European Parliament to confirm its ambitious positions during the January Plenary ahead of the trialogues that promises to be difficult with EU Member States.
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