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Parliamentary Call for an "Energy Efficiency Watch"

Brussels, January 2006

The cross party and cross-country initiative “Energy Intelligent Europe”, composed of the Members of the European Parliament Anders Wijkman (PPE), Mechtild Rothe (PSE), Fiona Hall (ALDE), Claude Turmes (Greens) and Umberto Guidoni (GUE)

 

together with national Parliamentarians such as Jorge Moreira da Silva (Portugal, PPE), Alan Whitehead (UK, Labour), Pavel Gantar (Slovenia, Liberal Democrats), Boris van der Ham (Netherlands, Lib. Dem.), Anne Grete Holmsgaard (Denmark, Greens) and Ulrich Kelber (Germany, SPD) call for:

 

ACTION, NOT TALK

and for an

"ENERGY EFFICIENCY WATCH"

 

with the aim of making Europe the most energy efficient economy in the world.

 

With this initiative the European and national Parliamentarians aim at creating a policy for increased energy efficiency in the EU to guarantee Europe's energy supply and to accomplish the huge challenges we are facing today and in the future. The objective is to bring energy efficiency technologies into action wherever and whenever possible. A close co-operation between European, national, local and regional level and all involved stakeholders is needed to act - not only talk - and to watch that energy efficiency measures will be properly implemented.

 

ACTION, NOT TALK

We, the European Legislators, commit ourselves to a set of activities and actions to promote concrete measures for energy efficiency. These are required both at EU level (in the framework of the "European Energy Efficiency Action Plan", Directive on energy end use efficiency and energy services) and at national and local/regional level (through the "National Energy Efficiency Action Plans"). All sectors of society - politicians, administrations and institutions, businesses, citizens - have a role to play.

 

ENERGY EFFICIENY WATCH

We install an "Energy Efficiency Watch" in order to follow the relevant actions at EU and national level. This new body will facilitate exchanges in best practice amongst Parliamentarians across Europe and will closely monitor the actions and results proposed in the EU Energy Efficiency Action Plan and the National Energy Efficiency Action Plans.

 

EUFORES is called to coordinate this initiative.

 

The Energy Efficiency Watch shall at least consist of 3 parts.

First, Energy Efficiency Watch Network: the involvement of Parliamentarians across Europe of all levels in the experience exchange and evaluation and communication process at an early stage with regards to political and legislative measures, instruments and activities in the field of energy efficiency and energy savings within the framework of the national Energy Efficiency Action Plans as prescribed in the Directive on the promotion of End-use efficiency and Energy Services.

 

Second, Energy Efficiency Watch Evaluation: the evaluation of political and legislative measures, instruments and activities in the field of energy efficiency and energy savings within the framework of the national Energy Efficiency Action Plans and with a view to best practise.

 

Third, Energy Efficiency Watch Events: A conference of Parliamentarians and stakeholders on political and legislative measures, instruments and activities in the field of energy efficiency and energy savings. Additionally, briefings and Parliamentary evenings shall be organized to address national Parliamentarians and governmental Civil Servants.