Workshop for national stakeholders, 24 March 2011, Berlin
The workshop, divided into an experts´round and a panel discussion with the Members of the German Parliament, attracted around 40 participants. The implementation barriers of the German Energy Efficiency Action Plan, challenges and benefits of energy efficiency were discussed among the Members of the German Parliament, a Member of the European Parliament, representatives of German ministries and numerous representatives of industry and other associations, NGOs as well as scientific institutes.
After Jan Geiss presented the Energy Efficiency Watch framework and its setting in the EU context, Daniel Becker from Ecofys summarized the project objective. As he explained, the Energy Efficiency Watch wants to put focus on a coherent and balanced mix of administrative policy, communication and incentives. Christian Noll from DENEFF pointed out numerous benefits of energy efficiency related not only to carbon dioxide reductions but also economy such as new job opportunities, more tax income, export opportunities for providers of energy efficiency solutions, global cost competitiveness for energy consuming industries, or less social costs. The need for aligning the German legislation to the climate protection and energy efficinecy goals, system solutions and future infrastructure solutions was emphasized by Ulf Sieberg from NABU. According to him, climate protection legislation (including Energy Savings Law, Tenancy Law, Building Code, and Federal Emissions Act) miss coherence.
The experts´round was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Claude Turmes, MEP and EUFORES-President. The panelists Dirk Becker (SPD), Joseph Göppel (CSU), Hans-Joseph Fell (Die Grünen) and Ralph Lenkert (Die Linke.) agreed on poor implementation of the Energy Services Directive and the lack of concrete instruments and measures in Germany. The German parliamentarians were also in favor of developing more specific and goal-oriented tools, e.g. combining energy advice with funding programmes for socially weak households and small entreprises. Besides, a shifted focus of research on renewable energy and energy efficiency, an Energy Efficinecy Fund, market incentives and more targeted instruments to suit various social groups were also discussed. Several participants were concerned with a poor communication of energy efficiency which does not produce a positive impetus but often sends negative messages. The workshop was closed by Claude Turmes who presented the upcoming efforts on the EU level. In the recast of the Energy Services Directive, the European Parliament is determined to strive for a binding energy efficiency target as of 2013, a binding template for national energy efficiency action plans or obligatory smart meters for big consumers.
Please download the agenda of the workshop here.
Please download the presentations of Jan Geiss (EUFORES), Daniel Becker (Ecofys), Christian Noll (DENEFF) and Ulf Sieberg (NABU).
Here you can also download the paper Improving National Energy Efficiency Strategies in the EU Framework.