Germany reveals energy efficiency action plan

A new National Plan of Action for Energy Efficiency (NAPE) has been unveiled by the German cabinet for the current legislative period. Reaffirming the goal of reducing energy use by 20% by 2020 and by 50% by 2050 - compared with 2008 levels - the plan aims to create energy savings in industry, commerce and private households by focusing on supporting innovative ways of saving energy as well as business models for new products and solutions.

NAPE is based on three pillars: advancing energy efficiency in buildings, establishing energy efficiency as an investment and business model, and increasing self-responsibility for energy efficiency.

Commenting, Henning Ellermann, energy efficiency market expert at Germany Trade & Invest, said the decision is ‘fantastic news for companies in the energy efficiency sector’. Ellermann added: ‘The German government is sending a clear message that energy efficiency is not only central to the country’s ambitious energy transition but also that energy efficiency represents a lucrative and dynamic industry it is keen to see develop.’

Among a number of measures to be pursued in the current legislative period is a new competitive tendering model that aims to support energy efficiency projects that generate the greatest energy savings for the lowest cost. Financial support and tax reductions for energy efficient building refurbishments are also to be pursued pending talks with the federal states, scheduled to conclude in February 2015.

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