Energy Efficiency

 

EHI position and engagement

Over recent years, the heating industry has invested heavily in highly energy efficient technologies, providing a very positive environmental contribution to European households, buildings and industries.

Our industry supports an ambitious binding energy efficiency target in Europe for 2030.

The European market is our main strategic outlet. Such target will give the right impulse to our industries and confirm that Europe is committed to saving energy and to supporting its industries in achieving this goal. A strong commitment to energy efficiency is a clear signal of support to Europe’s industrial competitiveness. Such commitment will also create the certainty for our industry to invest further in research and development.

A binding target will also be a milestone towards creating an energy efficiency culture in Europe. This is a key challenge and an opportunity to impact consumer behaviour towards making educated decisions and investments in energy efficient products.

From a public policy perspective, the building sector offers the largest energy efficiency potential: European buildings are responsible for more than 40% of the final energy consumption in Europe, by far the largest share. An accelerated replacement rate of ageing inefficient appliances would deliver significant energy savings at relatively low-cost. The technologies that can contribute to achieving substantial energy efficiency improvements in Europe are available today: we developed them.

The uptake of these technologies will only happen through ambitious long-term regulatory frameworks, which a binding energy efficiency target would provide to energy efficiency actors in Europe.

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Legislative framework

Energy efficiency is considered to be a key component of European energy policy. It constitutes one of the cornerstones of the EU's 2020 strategy and beyond.

Main aspects covered by specific energy efficiency legislation related to the heating industry are: