Capturing the vast energy savings potential in Europe's buildings

This seminar took the new Fraunhofer ISI potential study carried out on behalf of the European Commission as the starting point for a discussion on how to realise the vast savings potential in European buildings. For background information, please see below.

This annual policy seminar was arranged by eceee on 19 November 2014, at the EU Liaison Office of the German Research Organisations (KoWi), Rue du Trône 98, Brussels, as part of the IEE-funded Energy Efficiency Watch 3 Project in cooperation with Fraunhofer ISI.

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Welcome and introduction. Peter Bach, President of eceee. 


The European savings potentials in buildings: which policy measures are needed to harvest these potentials? Barbara Schlomann, Fraunhofer ISI. 
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Capturing the energy savings potential in buildings: relevance of the EPBD. Paula Rey Garcia, Head of Buildings Sector, Energy Efficiency Unit, European Commission. Download presentation I See the film


Additional views based on other European studies. Oliver Rapf, Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE). Download presentation I See the film


The industry stakeholder perspective. Adrian Joyce, EuroACE. See the film


The NGO stakeholder perspective. Arianna Vitali Roscini, WWF European Policy Office. Download presentation I See the film



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The seminar took the new Fraunhofer ISI potential study Study evaluating the current energy efficiency policy framework in the EU and providing orientation on policy options for realising the cost-effective energy efficiency/saving potential until 2020 and beyond” carried out on behalf of the European Commission as the starting point for a discussion on how to realise the vast savings potential in European buildings.

The study has two main objectives: (i) to report on the evaluation of the achievement of the 2020 energy efficiency target of 20%; (ii) to discuss energy efficiency potentials in two different time horizons (2020, 2030) mainly in view of a 2030 target frame for energy efficiency. For this purpose the following tasks were carried out:

  • Assessment of the effectiveness of a target selection of national measures and policies up to 2020
  • Decomposition analysis of past energy efficiency achievements
  • Bottom-up modelling analysis of policies up to 2020 based on national and EU policies.
  • Bottom-up modelling of energy efficiency potentials up to 2030.

With regard to the building sector, the study shows that up to 2020 and 2030 large economic savings potentials exist that could contribute largely to the overall 2020 and 2030 energy efficiency targets of the EU. This confirms the results of previous studies. However, the study also shows that the EPBD (Recast) up to now is not fully implemented in the MSs and there are still a considerable number of open questions and some range of interpretation e.g. regarding the definition of nZEB. If the MSs will implement the directive in an ambitious way, the EPBD could make an important contribution to close the still existing gap to the 2020 target and to the new energy efficiency target for 2030. In addition, a suitable mixture of policy instruments is necessary in the Member States in order to cover the large investment needs for the built environment and to provide the required long-term stability to investors in efficient buildings, including deep renovations.


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