ENSMOV was represented at the ECEEE Summer Study with a panel presentation, a discussion session and a (singing) poster.
Based on their policy brief and research from ENSMOV and SocialWatt projects, Louise Sunderland and Samuel Thomas from RAP created a display poster on The Energy Efficiency Directive Energy Savings Obligation and Energy Poverty Alleviation. Sing along!
The poster is an analysis of the possible influences of the recast of the EED proposal, a part of it stating that a share of energy savings should be achieved among “people affected by energy poverty, vulnerable customers and, where applicable, people living in social housing.” It draws on experience of countries that have already made provision for energy poor households. In particular, three countries – France, Ireland the UK – have dedicated between 5% and 10% of their Energy Efficiency Obligation Schemes (EEOS) to low-income or energy poor households. EEOSs are a useful lens as they are the most important single policy measure for compliance with Article 7 (now 8), used in 16 Member States, delivering an aggregate 35% of all reported savings. Lessons on energy poverty support through EEOSs is collated from two Horizon 2020 projects SocialWatt and ENSMOV.
Partners from RAP, CRES and FIRE have presented their research in the panel session, on the role of energy efficiency auctions in the energy transition. More and more European countries are turning to energy efficiency auctions as a way of delivering cost-effective energy savings. Germany, Portugal and Switzerland already have auctions or tender programmes in place. In 2021 Denmark launched its first energy efficiency auction, while Greece, Italy, Turkey and the United Kingdom are among the countries considering this mechanism. The paper that fed the session draws upon research undertaken for the Horizon 2020 ENSMOV project on the role of energy efficiency auctions in meeting EU Member States’ energy savings obligations under Article 7/8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive, assessing the design features that affect energy savings, cost-effectiveness and strategic fit within energy efficiency policy frameworks.
Together with H2020 SENSEI project, ENSMOV organised an informal discussion session, on the existing Pay for Performance schemes in the USA and their applicability in the EU context. Lively exchanges with around 20 experts working in the research and implementation of the energy efficiency projects, brought up the benefits of the P4P in different sectors, but also the barriers still to be evaluated and solutions found.