Photo: Tina in the EU Parliament
  • 16 March 2016

Dr Tina Fawcett presents evidence to the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.

Dr Tina Fawcett presented research, which she carried out in conjunction with Dr Jan Rosenow of the University of Sussex, to the influential European Parliament ITRE committee on 16 March 2016. Their research analysed the implementation of an important piece of energy efficiency legislation across the EU (Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive). This paper, along with two others, will inform a forthcoming report by MEPs, which in turn will shape revisions to the legislation due in summer 2016.

The European Union seeks to deliver a 20% reduction of projected primary energy consumption by 2020 across all 28 Member States. The Energy Efficiency Directive contains a number of different ‘articles’ which cover a variety of policies. The most influential article is Article 7, which is expected to deliver more than half of the required energy savings of the 20% reduction target.

Dr Fawcett and Dr Rosenow’s study analyses the implementation of Article 7 and presents key findings on its application in Member States. It also recommends routes to improving the implementation and the application of the Directive. It details the energy saving targets adopted by Member States, which policies are in place, which sectors are expected to deliver most savings and analyses how credible these expected savings are. It shows that a significant share of the expected savings is at risk of not being delivered in practice. However, there are case studies of good practice, and opportunities for improvement.

The report suggests ways in which policy reform would strengthen the Directive and increase the reliability of the anticipated energy savings. Improvements could include more detailed provisions, extensive guidance and mandatory reporting templates.

This work builds upon our existing research within the ENSPOL project

This work will inform a forthcoming report by MEPs, which in turn will shape revisions to the legislation due in summer 2016.

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