Energy Efficiency

By using energy more efficiently, Europeans can lower their energy bills, reduce their reliance on external suppliers of oil and gas, and help protect the environment. In order to achieve these benefits, energy efficiency needs to be improved throughout the full energy chain, from production to final consumption. At the same time, the benefits of energy savings must outweigh the costs, for instance, those that result from carrying out renovations. Therefore, EU measures focus on sectors where the potential for savings is the greatest, such as buildings, or where coordinated approach is required.

Energy efficiency is also one of the priorities of the Europe 2030 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and for the transition to a resource efficient economy. By 2030, the EU wants to reduce primary energy consumption by 32.5%. Better efficiency helps ensure the security of energy supply, and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. 

Objectives

  • Making FEDARENE a platform for debate and experience sharing between EU regions/agencies on Energy Efficiency.
  • Supporting our members in achieving their Energy Efficiency goals by providing peer-to-peer learning activities, webinars and promoting best practices.
  • Seek the cooperation of certification bodies, energy agencies, and other organisations to design and implement energy efficiency projects.
  • Discuss and broadly disseminate the essence of revised EU directives and energy efficiency policies with decision makers, the relevant stakeholder community, and our members.
  • Identify and overcome regional-local collaboration barriers inherent to energy efficiency measures.

Working Group Chairs

FEDARENE’s Energy Efficiency Working Group is chaired by our Vice-Presidents Florin Andronescu, Gerhard Dell & Christiane Egger and Maria Fabianelli.

“An important pillar on the path for Green Energy Transition at EU level is represented by the Energy Efficiency action; without a strong push on raising energy efficiency in all sectors, the EU targets for 2030 and 2050 couldn’t be reached. For this, integrated EE actions enclosing smart/innovative solutions are required. As citizens we all must save energy in our households and at our workplaces”

Florin Andronescu, Vice-President for Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency and renewable energy – what we call today the energy transition –moved from being a fringe topic followed by a small number of organizations to be at the top of the policy agenda. In Upper Austria – through commitment, action, and support of the regional government – greenhouse gas emissions in the buildings sector have been reduced by 40% in the past 10 years and the share of renewable energy in space heating has increased to an impressive 60%. Change is definitively happening!

Gerhard Dell & Christiane Egger, Vice-Presidents for Energy Efficiency

“Increasing efficiency of energy consumption is among the easiest and most efficient ways to fight climate change and protect the environment, also boosting the local economy.”

Maria Fabianelli, Vice-President for Energy Efficiency and Investments

EU Projects and Initiatives

The overarching objective of EEW4 is to support policy makers in European Union Member States in improving the degree of successful implementation of policy instruments for energy efficiency.

OPENGELA is an innovative integrated home renovation service for private residential buildings to be validated in the Basque Country and with a high replicability potential in Europe. 

REnewable Low TEmperature District (RELaTED) provides a demonstrated concept of ultra-low temperature network solution for new district heating systems and the progressive conversion of currently running district heating systems in order to de-carbonize energy supplies in urban environments

The project QualDeEPC attempts to achieve a high-quality Energy Performance Assessment and Certification in Europe accelerating deep energy renovation.

ManagEnergy is the European Commission initiative for helping regional and local energy agencies to become leaders in the energy transition and to increase sustainable energy investments in regions and cities.

PUBLENEF aims to assist European Union Member States in implementing effective and efficient sustainable energy policies (with the focus on energy efficiency) and empower them to make use of the best practices and policy processes implemented in other Member States at the national, regional and/or local level.

Streetlight-EPC, funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, created demand and supply for EPC in 9 European regions by providing regional EPC facilitation services and supporting projects towards implementation. The project had a focus on smaller municipalities.

Publications

FEDARENE INFO 38. Focus on Energy Efficiency.

The FEDARENE INFO is a short publication realised by FEDARENE which focuses specific topics related to the climate and energy transition and gives the word to renowned experts of the field, political representatives and FEDARENE members.

In this 38th edition, with a focus on Energy Efficiency, you will find:

  • An edito by Guido Podesta on Energy Efficiency
  • Jean-Louis Joseph’s opinion of the European Union’s Committee of the Regions on the Energy Efficiency Directive
  • Four articles from our members on energy saving projects
  • An article on the Energ Efficiecy Watch 2

FEDARENE Brochure – Implementing Energy Efficiency Measures

We know it: the most efficient energy is the one we do not use. From building refurbishment to street lighting, this publication gathers the most recent and remarkable projects FEDARENE’s member regions and energy agencies have been working in the field of energy efficiency:

  • 3CEA (IE) has helped a growing number of home-owners, businesses, community groups and organisations to reduce their energy costs and achieve energy savings;
  • AEEPM (RO) is developing SPEEDIER, a European project which aims to address the barriers faced by SMEs that prevent them from undertaking energy audits and implementing the recommended energy-saving measures;
  • ENERGAP (SI) is working with the City of Maribor to reduce energy consumption by the introduction of energy-efficient measures and renewable energy sources in primary schools, kindergartens and administrative buildings;
  • In 2016, the North Sweden Energy Agency started the project “LEK³ – Sustainable real estate use through collaboration” to achieve a more efficient energy use in buildings with the collaboration between different stakeholders;
  • The Fryslan Province (NL) has been working with the TIPPING approach and wheel, a tool designed for improving innovation policy or governance;
  • MENEA (HR) is coordinating projects of comprehensive energy refurbishment of public buildings in Medjimurje County;
  • SODEBUR (ES) changed the street lighting into a LED system in 179 municipalities to reduce energy consumption and saved a total of 2M euros in the first year;
  • The Tipperary Healthy Homes Scheme created by the Tipperary Energy Agency (IE) aims to move homeowners away from fossil fuel and replace it by heatpumps;
  • The Valladolid Municipal Energy Agency (ES) has renovated the diesel fuel boilers of 21 school buildings to increase energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.

Best practices