New Agreements on the Energy Efficiency Directive and Energy Union Governance Regulation

A new EU framework for decarbonizing Europe – Net-zero emissions before 2050.

On June 20, the final deal on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Energy Union Governance Regulation was achieved with an overall EU-wide energy efficiency target of 32.5 % by 2030, non-binding. This is planned to be reviewed in 2023. The deal on the energy union governance regulation agreed to aim for a quick transition towards a net-zero economy, with a carbon budget and national strategies for 2050. Therefore, under the governance agreement, the Commission needs to work on update of 2050 low-carbon energy roadmap until the end of 2018.

Of special importance for the heat pump industry, there is also a final decision on the future Primary Energy Factor (PEF) for electricity. The default PEF will be 2.1, with a revision every 4 years. This number can be used in the upcoming revision of Ecodesign lot 1 and 2.

Thomas Nowak, Secretary General of EHPA, is positive about the agreements and stress the importance of the deployment of renewable and efficient thermal technologies. “The industry is ready to face the challenge of faster growth in the coming years”, he states. According to Nowak the new set of policy instruments (renovation strategies in EPBD, renewable heating and cooling obligation scheme, accurate PEF for electricity, national decarbonization plans) will be helpful to accelerate the energy transition. He finds it important to prioritize actions with the highest impact: “Decarbonizing the EU is not possible without decarbonizing the heating and cooling sector that is covering half of Europe’s energy needs.” He ends “Heating and cooling must become EU’s new top policy priority!”.

PRESS_RELEASE_EHPA_20180620 Brussels, 20 June 2018 written by Tomas Nowak, Secretary General of EHPA.