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Public funding for energy efficiency picking up

09 June 2016
by Coalition for Energy Savings -- last modified 09 June 2016

New research by Ecofys reports that the total public funding for energy efficiency in the EU grew from about €6 billion in 2012 - when the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) was approved, to about EUR 7.1 billion in 2014. This trend, which can also be observed in Central and Eastern Europe, is encouraging, but a lot still needs to be done to break down barriers to energy efficiency investments.


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As the European Parliament is discussing the first results of the Investment Plan for Europe, a new study by Ecofys “Public funding for energy efficiency in the EU” reports that Member States are increasing funding for energy efficiency - a trend which will hopefully be continued and a sign that resources are shifting to what could become a defining project for Europe.

The study shows that the trend can also be observed in some countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Slovakia, for example, has the highest level of funding per capita across the Member States monitored. Nevertheless, many investments which would make economic sense are still not realised, and a lot needs to be done to ensure that the legislative framework encourages these opportunities.

“The increase in public funding for energy efficiency in the EU is encouraging, but it is only one element of what is needed to trigger real investments”, said Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General of The Coalition for Energy Savings. “Member States and the European Commission’s financial efforts to support energy efficiency will not lead to major market uptakes unless they are accompanied by significant structural reforms, including in the areas of public deficit accounting and state aid, and by high ambition for 2030”.

The European Commission has indicated its willingness to break down barriers to investments with its Investment Plan for Europe. As a multi-stakeholder Coalition, uniting 31 European business, civil society, consumer, professional, trade union and local government organisations, The Coalition for Energy Savings calls on the European Commission to propose a 40% target for 2030 in line with the cost-effective potential for energy savings and to place energy efficiency first in reviewing policies such as state aid and public accounting rules.

 

The Coalition for Energy Savings strives to make energy efficiency and savings the first consideration of energy and economic policies and the driving force towards a secure, sustainable and competitive European Union. Its membership unites businesses, professionals, local authorities, trade unions, consumer and civil society organisations in pursuit of this goal.

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