Policy - 09/June/2022

A matter of principle: the EU’s forgotten mantra

The European Union’s “Energy Efficiency First Principle” was designed to maximise the potential of energy sources and increase investor appetite but it has struggled to jump from principle to practice. But new rules and a shift in geopolitics look set to propel the efficiency maxim to top billing

Focus on supply-side policies has sidelined energy efficiency discussions 




LOST POTENTIAL The lack of effective policies in recent years means the European Union is playing catch up on energy efficiency measures and the impact it can have on the shift to a decarbonised economy

REVISED DIRECTIVE The EU's energy efficiency directive (EED) is in the process of being strengthened to ensure efficiency first is more easily adopted

KEY QUOTE We don’t give this principle enough importance. It’s something that’s often mentioned in speeches but when you look at whether we can reach our targets for energy efficiency today, we are not on track ...

 

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