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In a nutshell the concept of energy efficiency may be defined as using less energy to satisfy our current needs. In other words it means having a more efficient way of using energy which enables us to keep the same comfort while consuming less energy. This necessity to use energy more efficiently is at the top the Trias Energetica concept.
According to this concept, a sustainable energy strategy should be organized around three elements which are by order of importance:
- reduce energy demand as much as possible,
- use renewable sources of energy,
- use fossil energy as efficiently as possible and only if sustainable sources are inadequate.
On November 2016, the Clean energy for all Europeans (alias Winter package) was released by the European Commission. Among them, the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive are by far the most important texts for the flat glass industry although the package has been drafted in such a way that all pieces of legislations mutually reinforce each other. During the last years, the European Commission reiterated its commitment to put energy efficiency at the heart of the Energy Union strategy and on several occasions acknowledged the building sector as the sector which can deliver the most in terms of energy savings.
More actionable measures needed to meet high energy efficiency expectations in the building sector
Glass for Europe - Press release NOVEMBER 2016
EEIF - Letter to MEPs June 2016
COP21 Paris Agreement: Immediate and Ambitious Action on Energy Renovation of Buildings is Crucial
Renovate Europe - Letter to European Council March 2016
Reforming the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
Glass for Europe - Position paper FEBRUARY 2016
Reforming EPBD - 4 essential priorities
Glass for Europe - Infographic FEBRUARY 2016
Business community calls for a 40% energy efficiency target in the Energy Union report
Letter to MEPs Novemeber 2015
The Energy Efficiency First principle should be at the heart of the EU Energy Union
EEIF Position paper August 2015
Glass for Europe and the other Energy Efficiency Stakeholders
Although Energy efficiency is a very fashionable concept in today's politics, it is not receiving the right level of attention that it deserves to Glass for Europe's opinion. This feeling is shared by many other European stakeholders. In order to promote ambitious and robust energy efficiency policies across Europe, Glass for Europe is taking part to several coalitions oriented toward this shared goal.
Glass for Europe is a 'core member' of the informal grouping at EU level called the Energy Efficiency Industrial Forum (EEIF). EEIF is composed of European associations representing industries active in the field of energy efficiency such as insulation manufacturers, lamp companies, cogeneration companies, etc. Together, EEIF members share the belief that Europe is not on track to reach its 20% energy saving target by the year 2020 and call for effective and innovative policies for energy efficiency in Europe.
Glass for Europe is also a founding member of the Coalition for Energy Savings which gathers environment and social NGOs, business and professional associations which purpose is to make the case for greater political emphasis on energy efficiency and energy savings. All participants strongly believe that energy savings and efficiency is the most accessible tool at the EU's disposal to address both its short and long term economic, social and environmental challenges.
To learn more on Glass for Europe's advocacy of energy efficiency, please visit our Statements and Publications webpage.