Consumers should be at the centre of EU energy in buildings policy. Active and engaged consumers are essential for Europe to achieve the ambitions to modernise the EU’s economy making it low carbon, secure and competitive, set out in the Commission’s recent ‘Clean Energy For All Europeans’ proposals. However, consumer support for energy efficiency and renewable energy investments, in the form of energy advisory services, is poorly provided for in the existing EU policy package, and this winter’s proposals miss the opportunity to rectify this.
To reflect our concerns, the Energy Advice Exchange has revised its September Discussion paper to reflect the Commission’s proposals in its November 30th “winter package.”
The EAE has also prepared a Briefing to explain our recommendations.
It is hoped that the Discussion Paper and Briefing will contribute to the discussions to take place throughout Europe during the approval process.
Here is the revised discussion paper: Efficiency First means Consumers First: the crucial role of energy advisory services in realising the EU’s energy ambitions
The December 2016 Efficiency First means Consumers First Briefing is also available.
Both are available on the EAE web page.