'Energy efficiency first': easier said than done?

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15/11/2017 - 14:00 to 17:30
Le Bouche à Oreille, 11 Rue Félix Hap, 1040 Brussels.

As stated in a recently proposed directive (COM(2016) 761 final), “Energy efficiency first” is a key element of the Energy Union. The most recent Commission proposals include a 30 per cent binding energy efficiency target for 2030. Reaching this ambitious target in a cost effective manner, without economic distortions and while promoting competitiveness and growth, requires well-considered policies.

One of the most notable policy options contained in the energy efficiency framework is that Member States must ensure that energy suppliers and distributors increase their energy savings by 1.5% per year, implemented via dedicated energy efficiency obligation schemes and alternative measures. However, recent experience in some Member States raises the question of how to efficiently implement a system of energy efficiency obligations, but also of whether alternative and more efficient measures exist.

Given the strong interest and the considerable resources currently being channeled to this area, CERRE will hold an expert workshop on that important topic. The wide range of available policy measures will be considered at that occasion. Their efficacy will be assessed and discussed in light both of theoretical considerations and practical experience.

The workshop, which should provide for informative and enlightening discussions, will consider a number of questions, including:

  • What is the range of available energy efficiency policy measures and what is the experience across Member States with various measures?
  • Is it possible to characterise best practices from amongst these various measures?
  • What characterises a well-functioning system of dedicated energy efficiency obligations, including participation, coverage, design, trading and regulatory oversight?
  • How will various measures impact on private investment and business opportunities for EU companies, both for small, medium-sized and large enterprises?
  • How do various energy efficiency measures interact with measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?

This workshop will bring together a wide range of key actors from the energy sector, including operators, regulatory authorities, academic experts and representatives from consumer groups and the European institutions.

This event is reserved for CERRE members' representatives and a select number of invited guests.




Chairman's Welcome and Introduction 

Professor Bruno Liebhaberg

Director General,



Introductory Presentation: Energy Efficiency: its history and what are the broad EU objectives and policy

Professor Nils-Henrik von der Fehr

Joint Academic Director, CERRE
Professor, University of Oslo


Professor Friðrik Már Baldursson

Research Fellow, CERRE 
Professor, Reykjavik University



Panel Discussion: How are Member States applying Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive?

Two case studies will examine:

• How (ex-ante and ex-post) the efficiency of policies is measured? 
• How co-ordinated are decarbonisation objectives with energy efficiency objectives?
Coffee Break
Panel Discussion

• How do market actors (obligated parties and end consumers) decide on which efficiency investments to pursue?

• How could the approach outlines in Article 7 be improved?
Conclusion and Closing Remarks
Cocktail Reception


Gilda Amorosi

Policy Advisor, Energy Efficiency and Generation,



Ruud Berndsen*

Director, Regulatory Affairs,



Garrett Blaney*



Marine Cornelis

Secretary General,


Monika De Volder*

Senior Economic Officer, Team Leader, Energy,


Bertrand Déprez

Vice President, EU Government Affairs,
Schneider Electric


Thierry Deschuyteneer*

Manager, Strategic & Prospective Studies, 


Pascale Fonck*

Chief Officer, EU Activities,



Monica Frassoni*

President of the Board,
European Alliance to Save Energy


Hélène Gassin*

Commission de Régulation de l'Energie


Florian Gonzalez

Projects and Comminications Officer,
EDSO for Smart Grids



Rod Janssen

President of the Board,
Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes


Adrian Joyce

Secretary General,
European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings


Lelde Kiela-Vilumsone

Policy Officer, 'Energy Efficiency' Unit,
DG Energy, European Commission


Clara Poletti*

Director, Markets Division,


Clara Semal*

Manager, European Strategy, 
National Grid


Graeme Steele

Senior Advisor,


Bernard Thomas

Special Advisor,



Carina Törnblom

DG Justice, European Commission




Athanasios Troupakis

Market Advisor,



Andrea Villa*

Head, European Regulation


* to be confirmed



Wednesday 15 November 2017, 14.00-17.30,
Le Bouche à Oreille, 11 Rue Félix Hap, 1040 Brussels.

CERRE members and nominated guests receive priority when registering. All other registrations are provisional until confirmed by email by CERRE. If you have any questions about your registration, or do not receive a confirmation email, please contact info@cerre.eu


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