In most people’s minds something is either voluntary or mandatory. Indeed, lobby groups spend vast amounts of time and money trying to persuade regulatory bodies which targets should be set in stone and which should be left more to chance. There is, however, a third way, which is becoming more common in the energy efficiency sector: the voluntary agreement, touted by industry, and increasingly by regulators, as a way to accelerate energy savings and boost innovation in a timely and cost efficient way, in particular across the consumer goods sector. Not every agrees, though, that such agreements are the panacea to reducing energy use. ...
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This interview with Peder Andreasen, CEO of Danish transmission system operator (TSO) Energinet.dk, is part of a series of interviews that FORESIGHT will publish ahead of the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) and Nordic Clean Energy Week (NCEW), which will take place in Copenhagen and Malmo in May 2018.
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