EHI addresses European Parliament’s Intergroup on Long-Term Investment

2017 promises to be a particularly busy year for all Members of the European Parliament with an interest in the EU’s energy and climate policy. Together with the other EU institutions, the European Parliament will get to work very soon on the proposals in the Clean Energy Package, which the European Commission launched at the end of November last year. Therefore, the timing of a meeting of the Parliament’s Intergroup on Long-Term Investment – on 10 January, immediately after the holidays – could not have been better. The theme of the event was ‘Investing in Energy Consumers’ Future’, in particular how industry can help consumers invest in energy efficient and smart solutions for a low carbon economy.

Executive Chairman of SIT Group Federico de’ Stefani represented EHI at the event. In his remarks, Mr de’ Stefani focused in particular on the contribution that the European Heating Industry can make to realizing the 2030 climate and energy targets of the EU. Given the importance of heating for the EU’s energy consumption, prioritizing the modernisation of the 80 million old and inefficient boilers, already installed in the EU, should be a priority for the Clean Energy Package. Engaging consumers early about a planned and informed transition to high-efficiency and renewable heating is crucial. Mr de’ Stefani offered some concrete proposals on how this can be achieved: First, providing an energy label to the millions of old heating appliance during their regular maintenance is an easy-to-implement tool for awareness-raising among EU consumers. Secondly, incentivising smart controls for heating systems can help with the preventive maintenance, helping consumers to avoid breakdowns and emergency boiler-to-boiler replacements. Finally, Mr de’Stefani highlighted some good practices that can help consumers with the upfront investments costs for high-efficiency and renewable heating. More innovative financing will be needed to help consumers invest. While such innovative finance is being developed for bigger residential and commercial buildings, EHI calls for more investments to be targeted on smaller-sized, family homes.

Other speakers at the event included the Vice-President of Samsung Mr. Choi, who represented CECED, the industry association of the home appliance industry. Mr. Choi highlighted how consumers will engage in energy market, if they see a benefit for themselves. Mr. Ristori, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy, emphasized the importance of preserving the overall coherence of the Clean Energy Package during the negotiations. On behalf of the Société Nationale Immobilière (SNI) of the Caisse des Dépôts Group, Mr Cauchy explained the challenge of ‘split incentives’ between landlords and renters, in particular for investments in the energy performance of social housing. ECOS, an environmental group engaging in standardisation processes, was represented by Mr. Wilkes, who stressed the importance of market surveillance to ensure compliance by all companies with the Ecodesign rules. Ms. Perrin of EDF reported on the results of Smart Electric Lyon, where 35.000 smart meters were installed and which generated considerable energy savings. Paul Hodson, head of unit for Energy Efficiency in the Directorate-General Energy of the Commission, explained how the 2030 energy efficiency target of 30% is designed to keep the EU’s momentum in this area going, in particular by providing sufficient incentives to increase the renovation rate of Europe’s buildings.

Poster
Poster
Roundtable discussion
Roundtable discussion
Mr Federico de'Stefani - Executive Chairman of SIT Group - addressing the Intergroup on behalf of EHI
Mr Federico de'Stefani - Executive Chairman of SIT Group - addressing the Intergroup on behalf of EHI