EU Climate and energy framework, European Green Deal
Energy Efficiency, Energy infrastructures, Energy price crisis, EPBD
The EPBD revision should apply the Energy Efficiency First (EE1st) principle in a way that stimulates integrated renovations aiming at highly energy efficient, renewable-based and flexible buildings integrated in the increasingly variable energy system. The entire building stock should become capable of adjusting their very low energy consumption, their on-site renewable generation and their energy storage potential in response to external signals. This holistic approachto the implementation of the EE1st principle leads to multiple benefits such as emissions reductions, grid optimisation and system efficiency. It also delivers tangible benefits to citizens, including the most vulnerable ones, strengthens the EU’s clean energy industrial leadership, boosts local job creation and economic recovery. Download the full joint letter
EU Climate and energy framework, European Green Deal, Financing
Energy infrastructures, Energy price crisis, European Green Deal
Brussels 26 October: Reacting to the conclusions of the extraordinary Energy Council, the heads of 7 renewable energy associations call upon Europe to prioritise the diversification of renewable energy supply as a matter of urgency. A wider range of renewables will deliver a cleaner energy system that protects citizens and businesses from future energy shocks. To deliver on this 100% renewables future, action is needed now: • The revised Renewables Directive needs a sub-target to incentivise national governments to roll out innovative and diverse renewable sources by 2030; • The 2022-23 Horizon Europe Work Programme should prioritise diverse renewable energy technologies with the greatest potential for innovation and scale-up; • The European Commission needs to start modelling how a system of diverse renewables will operate, and to inform policy-making with these findings. Download the full PR text
The Commission adopted this week a Communication on Energy Prices, to tackle the exceptional rise in global energy prices, which is projected to last through the winter.
Internal market for heat
Following the sharp increase in electricity and gas prices over the summer, and as consequences are increasingly being felt by European households with the beginning of the winter heating season, EGEC wrote a letter to the European Council and the European Commission.
EGEC sent an official letter to the members of the Platform on Sustainable Finance to ensure that the “Full list of Technical Screening Criteria” in Annex B accurately reflects the environmental benefits of geothermal technologies.
As the European Commission prepares criteria for supplementary Delegated Act in Autumn, NGOs outline how including gas in the Taxonomy would turn it into a greenwashing tool, completely undermining its credibility and sending a disastrous global signal.
EGEC’s contribution is focused on three main priorities:
As the State Aid Guidelines review is ongoing, the European Commission engaged a consultation of stakeholders to collect inputs on a first version of the revised guidelines.
European Green Deal
Renewable Energy Directive
EGEC, together with other 9 environmental NGOs, cities and renewable associations called on Executive Vice-President Timmermans and Energy Commissioner Simson to increase target for renewable energy in the Renewable Energy Directive. Read the joint letter on renewable energy target here