Posted by European Geothermal Energy Council on January 29th, 2016
As part of the revision of energy and climate package, the European Commission is working on the revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive. Elements for consideration include: purchasing by public bodies, energy efficiency obligation schemes, metering and billing, energy efficiency national funds, financing and technical support, and review and monitoring of implementation.
In its response, EGEC states that it is still too early to draw definitive conclusions on the implementation of the current directive. However, it is already clear that measures triggering renovation of the existing building stock are so far insufficient, and that deep renovation, including the replacement of heating systems, is more effective than a quick-fix-approach; this can lock-in technologies incompatible with decarbonisation.
Indeed, in the heat sector energy efficiency and renewable energy go hand in hand and face similar barriers; a cost-optimal approach should be applied between reducing energy demand and providing sustainable renewable supply, bearing in mind the decarbonisation objective.
EGEC also stresses the need to develop a system which brings liquidity into the energy services and heat markets and for energy efficiency obligation schemes to be strengthened. Only the most efficient and renewable technologies should be eligible when it comes to the replacement of heating systems, therefore excluding the installation of new oil boilers. Last but not least, EGEC urges the Commission to review EU public accounting and finance rules in order to promote investments from the public sector.
Full response available here