Seamus: A colleague of mine often says about us that “the people working in energy agencies wake up in the morning, and worry about energy efficiency”. On this point, the Commission’s announcements and ambition were reassuring for local/regional energy agencies who, as non-profit independent facilitators, have long been delivery agents of EU’s energy transition related directives. We were glad to see this recognition among the EED revision proposals. Energy Agencies across Europe have a wealth of experiences and expertise on transforming EU policy objectives into actual projects on the ground1. Drawing from their experience, I would say the greatest worries are seeing the legislative negotiations failing on 2 points: ambition and enabling frameworks.
Patrick: I couldn’t agree more. We have to realise collectively that this is the “make or break” decade for climate mitigation, and there’s no other way to achieve the 2030 goals but through acceleration and upscaling. Regarding Seamus’ point on enabling frameworks, the new objectives and policy instruments announced such as Minimum Energy Performance Standards will only succeed if accompanied by tailored funding programmes as well as technical assistance.
Patrick: as FEDARENE we were very much in favour of extending the renovation obligation to include the public buildings owned or occupied by local and regional authorities. All local/regional energy agencies have developed facilitation services specialised on the renovation of public buildings. (…)
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