EU 28 industry policies – the EED three years later

Panel: 1. Policies and programmes to drive transformation

Author:
Tiago Serrenho, DG Joint Research CentreDirectorate for Energy, Transport and ClimateEnergy Efficiency and Renewables Unit, Italy

Abstract

Accounting for more than 25% of the whole EU-28 final energy consumption in 2015 and coming in second place right after the transport sector as one of the most energy consuming sectors, industry has come a long way in the past years in terms of reducing its environmental impact, with a decrease of 17.6% on energy consumption in the 2000-2015 period. Although some of this decrease may be associated to economic factors, there is a great part of this effort that is due to both the push being done by the private sector in order to stay competitive and from the policy measures being implemented by the Member States in which the industry operates.

The Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) has now been published since 2012, with its majority fully transposed into national legislation, in all EU-28, since 2014, which represented also the timing of the first National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs) under the EED. Three years after, the European Union Member States have produced its second NEEAPs under the EED. This paper focuses on the industry measures being proposed by the EU-28, evaluating the changes between the action plans, what type of measures are being proposed and analyzing its potential impact in different scenarios. An overview of the status of the transposition of Article 8 of the EED will also be presented.

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