Energy efficiency directive success depends on member states –Riddoch

The European Parliament voted in favour of the energy efficiency directive last week, and the head of Cogen Europe says that it is now up to the member states, whether the directive is successful or not.

Speaking to COSPP online, Fiona Riddoch, Managing Director of Cogen Europe, based in Brussels, said the parliament had been consistent in its support for a stronger role foe energy efficiency in Europe’s energy and climate strategy, but member state governments now needed to step up to the mark.
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“The challenge for this legislation has been and remains in the member states. There is much in the Directive which must be worked out in detail by the member states. It is in these member state implementations that the success or not of the EED lies.”

The vote, which includes significant measures for both district energy and cogeneration, was passed by a large majority (632-25) and now just needs formal recognition by national governments before implementation goes through.

The directive states that Member countries need to carry out and notify to the Commission by December 2015 a "comprehensive assessment" of the scope for applying high-efficiency cogeneration and efficient district heating and cooling.

For the purposes of this assessment, Member States would need to carry out a cost-benefit analysis- a proposal introduced by MEPs- covering their territory based on climate conditions, economic feasibility and technical suitability.

Fiona Riddoch says the cost analyses aspect of the process will be critical to adoption.

“For  CHP the  approach and detail of how the different cost benefit analyses are carried out remains crucial for decisions at a national and project level on CHP.

 Article 5 electricity network provisions t gives important priority status to CHP. Member states need to defend the equality of positioning of CHP with renewables although the Directive is clear that CHPs positioning should not adversely impact that of renewables it deliberately enables equality.

The assessment of heating and cooling potential in each member state is another opportunity for industry to work with legislators to develop a real understanding of the demand for energy in society, where it lies and how it can be met. This opens the door to a whole wider debate on integrated energy supply, and the supply of heat, from which CHP will benefit.”

The proposed directive would replace two existing pieces of legislation - the Energy Savings Directive (ESD), and the Cogeneration Directive.

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