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Policy Brief December 20, 2021

Measuring and increasing impact: The next challenge for EU energy efficiency policy measures

By Samuel Thomas, Marion Santini

The European Union is entering a crucial decade in its energy transition, with the 55% climate goal representing a step change in ambition. Energy efficiency is expected to play a major role in achieving necessary reductions in energy consumption across buildings, transport and industry. Enacting the Energy Efficiency First principle will require reliable data on...

EM&V, Energy Efficiency Obligations Download View Summary
Policy Brief December 15, 2021

Ensuring the EED energy savings obligation is Fit for 55

By Samuel Thomas

In late 2020, we recommended that the European Commission align the Energy Efficiency Directive’s energy savings obligation with the 2050 climate goal. It took a first step towards achieving this objective in summer 2021. In its proposal, energy savings derived from the installation of technologies that directly combust fossil fuels are excluded for the purpose...

Energy Efficiency and Demand Response, Governance, Heating and Cooling Download View Summary
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EU ETS2: Exploring its role in decarbonising transport and buildings

If the video is not visible, please accept all cookies to enable the player. Few aspects of the European Commission’s proposed Fit for 55 legislative package prompted as much debate as creating a separate emissions trading system for the buildings and transport sectors, the new ‘ETS2.’ Given that the Effort Sharing Regulation has thus far...

Policy Brief June 10, 2021

Making renewable heating ‘Fit for 55’

By Samuel Thomas, Dominic Scott, Jan Rosenow

The European Union has committed to several ambitious climate targets, including the reduction of carbon emissions by a net of 55% by 2030 compared to 1990. To meet these goals, the European Commission expects to rapidly decarbonise its building sector throughout the decade. One way to ensure the EU meets its targets and drives massive change is to replace older,...

Integrating Renewable Energy, Market Design, Renewable Energy Policies Download View Summary
Report June 8, 2021

Pricing is just the icing: The role of carbon pricing in a comprehensive policy framework to decarbonise the EU buildings sector

By Samuel Thomas, Louise Sunderland, Marion Santini

To meet the European Union’s carbon goal of reducing emissions by at least 55% net from 1990 levels, the European Commission wants the buildings sector to take the lead. The EU’s Climate Plan Impact Assessment sees building renovations and sustainable renewable heating system replacements cutting carbon emissions in the sector by 60% by 2030. At the same time...

Climate and Public Health, Regulation and Governance, Renewable Energy Policies Download View Summary
Policy Brief

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...

Energy Efficiency Program Design, Governance Download View Summary
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...

Energy Efficiency Obligations, Energy Efficiency Program Design, Regulation and Governance Download View Summary

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

If the video is not visible, please accept all cookies to enable the player. 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,...