How can energy management contribute to the EU's energy efficiency targets? - Progress and challenges

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The workshop presents the scale of the highly cost­effective energy savings that can be obtained from broader and more effective adoption of energy management (EM) across the EU, followed by an open discussion with representatives of industry and the Commission, on how current EU policy instruments (such as the EPBD and the EED) could evolve to become more supportive of unlocking these large­scale savings. Speakers and panelists include experts from industry, the European Commission, and other stakeholders.


Current levels of adoption of energy management (EM) in European organisations and the associated trends are assessed and found to be quite low e.g. just 1.5% of medium to large companies have adopted EN ISO 50001. In contrast, a detailed quantified analysis by Waide Strategic Efficiency (2016) finds there is a techno­economic optimal savings potential from greater adoption of effective energy management in the EU’s industrial and service sectors of 26% of their combined energy consumption by 2035​.

The development of effective energy management across EU organisations should be viewed as a strategic opportunity and priority. About 11% of all EU energy consumption can be economised cost­effectively through the adoption of more effective energy management and most likely this potential will be “renewable” as more sophisticated technologies and techniques are developed in the future.

A variety of policy and programmatic recommendations can help to realise a large part of this savings potential. These build principally on strengthening the design of the Energy Efficiency Directive and its implementation at the Member State level. Critically realisation of these savings will require efforts at a major scale supported by very substantial financial resources and incentives; however, as the value of the benefits outweigh the costs by an average of twelve to one over the lifetime​of the measures​this constitutes a highly cost­effective investment and one that merits greater policy attention than it has received thus far.

This workshop presents the current levels of adoption of Energy Management in the EU and the potential scale of energy savings. A practising energy manager is invited for a reality check and the European Commission will share their views. During an interactive roundtable discussion with leading experts and stakeholders we’ll consider the drivers and barriers to greater adoption of EM, and explore potential solutions.
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