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Energy Efficiency

  • Energy Union – On Track?

    The Energy Union has had an impressive start, with 12 legislative proposals in 2016 alone the European Commission means business. However, publishing proposals is one thing, getting the legislation adopted by the European Parliament and Member States is a much harder challenge. While the security of gas supply package was adopted relatively smoothly, it is…

  • Winter Package is coming

    The 2016 Winter Package is the most important deliverable of the European Commission’s Energy Union project, contributing to all its dimensions: Energy security, integrated energy market, energy efficiency, decarbonisation and R&D and innovation. Its size (1000 pages of core text) is as impressive as its ambition. This package aims at nothing less than creating the…

  • Brexit’s Impact on the Energy Sector

    The implications of the United Kingdom’s (UK) decision to opt for Brexit continue to reverberate. While the UK has yet to invoke Article 50 and formally begin the process of exiting the European Union (EU), the EU will continue to regulate and formulate new policies in areas that impact business and affect investment decisions not…

  • Data centers – emerging players in European energy landscape

    Data centers, facilities that store and process data, are the emerging players of European energy landscape and come at the crossroads of the European Commission’s upcoming Energy Efficiency Package and the Free Flow of Data initiative expected by late 2016. The vast increase in the generation of data and its central role in the digital…

  • 2016 Energy Outlook

    2016 will be a critical year for energy policy in the EU and beyond. Most of the initiatives to be adopted as part of the EU’s Energy Union Strategy will happen this year and, finally, the EU legislature will have proposals to work on. The successful COP21 and resulting Paris agreement are yet to be…

  • Energy Efficiency – Guiding light in EU’s building sector

    Energy efficiency is one of the five key dimensions of the European Commission’s Energy Union Strategy and is a strategic and indispensable component in addressing Europe’s energy challenges. The European Commission (EC) calculates that every additional 1% in energy savings will cut gas imports by 2.6%, thus boosting energy security while reducing overall import dependency,…

  • State of the Energy Union – the starting shot to the year of delivery

    “We have successfully decoupled growth from emissions, but 2016 will be the Energy Union Year of Delivery”, was one of the key messages of Vice President Šefčovič in his presentation of the first ever State of the Energy Union. From the volume and breadth of information published it is clear that the Commission means business…

  • The Energy Union – A wiring scheme for Europe’s energy future

                      Energy Union is one of the main priorities of the Juncker Commission. The Communication adopted on 25 February outlines the strategy that evolves around five dimensions such as security of energy supply, internal energy market, decarbonisation and energy efficiency and lists the legislative and non-legislative initiatives…

  • From Ugly Duckling to Superstar: how energy efficiency (almost) got to the top of the political agenda

    Energy efficiency has long been promoted at European level. The European Commission has certainly made great efforts to support it and to ensure that energy savings can contribute to the EU’s energy priorities, namely reduction of carbon emissions, lowering of energy costs and increase of energy independence. The EU has introduced energy efficiency targets, created…

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