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Strengthening synergies between climate effort sharing and energy savings obligations

By Jakob Graichen, Stefan Scheuer, Samuel Thomas

The European Union's new 55% climate target will bring major revisions of the EU’s energy and climate laws. Quite opposing policy options are on the table: Strengthening the existing policy architecture or moving to a carbon price all-out approach. RAP teamed up with Stefan Scheuer Consulting and Öko-Institut to inform the discussion about these options. Their...

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Policy Brief November 25, 2020

Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive 3.0: How to maximise the energy efficiency opportunity for climate neutrality

By Marion Santini, Samuel Thomas

In its 2030 Climate Target plan, the European Commission suggests raising the ambition of the EU’s energy efficiency policies to reach climate neutrality by 2050. It mentions the possibility of increasing the energy savings obligations under Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED). This paper provides a rationale for increasing the contribution of...

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Presentation June 4, 2019

Drivers of recent EU energy consumption growth

By Samuel Thomas

At the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy's (eceee) 2019 summer study, Samuel Thomas unpacked the causes for recent growth in European energy consumption. He highlighted the need for a step change in energy efficiency, particularly in the buildings sector, if Europe is to meet its 2030 energy efficiency target and 2050 climate targets....

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Presentation February 28, 2019

Drivers of recent EU energy consumption growth

By Samuel Thomas

​Samuel Thomas was invited to speak at the World Sustainable Energy Days 2019 in Wels, Austria, about the increase in EU energy consumption over recent years. He analysed the main causes of the rise and highlighted the urgent need to step up energy efficiency, particularly in the building sector. Evaluation, monitoring and verification of the efficiency measu...

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Market-based instruments for energy efficiency: a global review

By Jan Rosenow, Richard Cowart, Samuel Thomas

There is an increasing interest in the role so-called market-based instruments (MBIs) can play to deliver energy efficiency across the world. Their rising popularity among policymakers owes, in part, to their characteristics. They tend to be less prescriptive than traditional regulations and grants because they focus on the energy savings versus the means of deli...

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Presentation June 30, 2017

Market-based Instruments for Energy Efficiency

By Samuel Thomas, Jan Rosenow

At the 4th European Workshop Meeting of the White Certificates Club, Samuel Thomas of the International Energy Agency and Dr. Jan Rosenow of RAP presented the findings of their report Market-based Instruments for Energy Efficiency Policy Choice and Design....

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From programmes to markets – how to leverage market forces for energy efficiency

Please accept all cookies to watch this video. The International Energy Agency (IEA) and RAP are conducting an in-depth analysis for the G7 on the design of market-based instruments for the delivery of energy efficiency. The study examines market mechanisms and economic instruments, such as auctions and tendering programmes, utility obligations, and white certificates, analysing...