Manos Hotel Premier
Wednesday 21st November 2018
Considered by the European Commission as the most universally available source of energy, energy efficiency is increasingly seen as a valuable means to achieving sustainable energy supply. Despite a significant improvement in energy efficiency levels, with an increase in renewable electricity share up to 29% (European Commission, 2016) and the impressive cost reduction of renewable power technologies, the full potential of energy efficiency in the EU is yet to be unlocked. The EU has set the ambitious goal of getting half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030; however, today it merely covers a third of the European economic potential.
Entered into force in 2015, the Energy Union strategy set five objectives including ‘putting energy efficiency first’ in order to lower the demand for energy. On November 30th 2016, the European Commission put forward the Clean Energy for All Europeans proposals, part of the revised 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive, with a binding target of 30% improvement in EU energy efficiency. In April 2018, the European Parliament adopted new parts of the package, specifically “energy performance of buildings”, “renewable energy” and “energy efficiency”. In July 2018 the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive came into force, being the first of eight legislative acts in the Clean Energy for All Europeans package to be adopted. The new directive has huge potential for energy efficiency gains in the EU building sector, which constitutes the largest single energy consumer in Europe. The directive also includes measures that will advance the rate of building renovation towards more energy efficient systems and enhance the energy performances of new buildings, investing in smart technology.
Despite the significant progress made on a legislative and political level, more needs to be done to achieve a change in consumers’ and enterprises’ energy consumption habits. Along with policy developments, consumption habits play a fundamental role in achieving ambitious goals, as new consumption opportunities may arise as a consequence of energy efficiency gains, which may undermine efforts to reduce overall energy consumption. Moreover, innovation is a major enabler of improvements in efficiency, through the retrofit of old technologies and the implementation of newer and more sustainable ones. To achieve the EU’s 2030 climate targets, the European Commission committed to creating more opportunities for green jobs and green growth. Through additional investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy, economic activities can become environmentally-sustainable.
With the recent enactment of the revised directive, this timely symposium will provide an invaluable opportunity to engage with the latest developments in the EU legislative framework on energy efficiency. It will also enable attendees to examine ways to promote efficient energy use, discuss the latest technological innovation and explore funding opportunities for energy efficiency projects. The symposium will also offer delegates a platform to share ideas and best practice from across Europe.
- Discuss current EU policy priorities related to energy efficiency, review the latest developments and future policy recommendations in the EU legal framework
- Assess the EU policies aimed at creating further deployment of renewables in the electricity sector
- Examine the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
- Highlight the importance of consumption habits in shaping energy consumption patterns, in the public and private sectors
- Explore available funding sources to finance energy efficient investments
- Gain insights into innovative technological solutions to increase efficient energy consumption
- Discuss how to strengthen collaboration with the private sector and integrate non-economic actors
- Assess how to deliver on jobs and growth as part of reshaping the EU energy economy
- Discuss how to effectively provide information to consumers about energy consumption and energy efficient offers available to them
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We would like to advise you that we offer a 20% early registration discount off the standard delegate rates (subject to type of organisation and terms and conditions) for bookings received by the 12th October 2018. Do feel free to circulate this information to relevant colleagues within your organisation.
In the meantime, to ensure your organisation is represented, please book online or complete and return the attached registration form at your earliest convenience in order to secure your delegate place(s)