13th Inter-Parliamentary Meeting, 22 June 2013, Dublin
On 21 & 22 June 2013 in Dublin Castle, the EUFORES 13th Inter-Parliamentary Meeting (IPM13) took place in cooperation with the Irish Parliament and in association with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Whereas the first conference day focused on renewable energy sources, a half-day session on energy efficiency was organized on 22nd June 2013.
IPM13 was attended by approximately 100 participants, including 50 Members of Parliament from 13 different Member States, as well as high level officials from national governments, the European Commission and selected stakeholders from industry and the scientific sector. This IPM had a special focus on networking among the neighbouring countries of the North Seas on the European, national, regional and local parliamentary level and on mayor´s level. Furthermore, in a closed session for Members of Parliament on Friday afternoon, a North Seas Parliamentary Network was established in support of the North Seas Offshore Grid Initiative (NSCOGI).
The energy efficiency conference was opened by Fiona Hall, EUFORES Vice-President and MEP, and followed by Marie Donnelly from the European Commission. Marie Donnelly focused on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and 2030 objectives. The next important step taken by the European Commission in this regard will be evaluation on progress towards the target in June 2014. Marie Donnelly also stressed demand supply as one strong resource in energy efficiency. She also mentioned that the next task for the European Commission will be to construct energy efficiency objectives for 2030 and based on that 2030 targets will be set.
The following session included the Irish practice on promoting energy efficiency by Brian Motherway from Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland. Jan Geiss, EUFORES Secretary General and coordinator of the Energy-Efficiency-Watch project, presented the project results. Guidelines on implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive were introduced by Patty Fong from Coalition for Energy Savings followed by a contribution on how to renovate Europe by Adrian Joyce from EuroACE.
Claude Turmes, EUFORES President and MEP, chaired a subsequent panel discussion with Marie Donnelly, Patty Fong and Adrian Joyce. Claude Turmes closed the conference with an appeal on regional and national parliamentarians to transpose and implement the EED directive. He encouraged them to organise a meeting with other national parliamentarians, industry representatives and other stakeholders to support the implementation process.
Please find the programme here.
Marie Donnelly, European Commission
Brian Motherway, Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland
Jan Geiss, European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources (EUFORES)
Patty Fong, European Climate Foundation, Coalition for Energy Savings
Adrian Joyce, EuroACE