ADEME takes over presidency of
the EnR Club
The Agency has taken over the presidency of the EnR Club in 2013, a year that will mark a turning point in energy challenges in Europe. ADEME’s aims are to progress energy management and, through its actions, to strengthen the association’s influence.
Budget discussions for the 2014-2020 programmes, adoption of the post-2020 renewable energies strategy, the new Energy Efficiency Directive, rollout of smart grid action plans to finalize the energy market in 2014, etc. “In taking over the presidency of the EnR Club in 2013, ADEME aims for the association to exert influence over European policies, strengthen its visibility among international bodies and improve the exchange of information between its members”, explained Nicolas Dyèvre, in charge of cooperation with European countries at ADEME’s International Affairs Division and the Club’s new secretary. The EnR Club is an association of national agencies in Europe responsible for implementing energy efficiency policies and developing renewable energies in their respective countries. It has 25 partners from 24 countries, 19 of which in the European Union. The remaining five represent Norway, Switzerland, Croatia, Turkey and Russia. Providing a forum for discussion and involved in numerous cooperation assignments, the EnR Club also strives to ensure international decision-making bodies, especially the European Commission, are aware of energy management challenges and solutions. Taking over from CRES, its Greek counterpart at the head of the EnR Club in 2012, ADEME has confirmed its commitment to leveraging the network to progress energy management in Europe. The Agency, together with all the other members will steer several actions in order to boost the Club’s visibility and influence among European bodies and institutions. In the area of energy efficiency, it will hold a workshop on the performance of public finance at the European Parliament in April 2013. This debate comes at a particularly important moment given that the 2013 fiscal year will see the finalisation of budget negotiations for the entire 2014-2020 period. ADEME will use the comparative study it is performing to inform the discussions about the measures implemented by the building industry.
PROMOTE ENERGY MANAGEMENT IN EUROPE
The Agency will coordinate the European campaign on energy performance contracts within the context of the new Directive by identifying exemplary operations, contacting national and regional decision makers and organising the agencies’ participation in various national events held by the Commission. “The aim of this campaign is in particular to encourage project financing without having to resort to public funding”, said Nicolas Dyèvre. ADEME will also strengthen its ties with the Directorate-General for Research&Innovation to ensure it takes into account the energy sector’s new organisational structure promoted by the Commission as part of its 2014-2020 strategy. Another initiative aimed at promoting the network’s role as an expertise consultant involves the publication of “Club opinions”, for example on the Label and Eco-design directives due to be revised and on certain key points of the new Energy Efficiency Directive. To establish the Club’s visibility and influence, ADEME will step up or instigate cooperation with international networks, such as MEDENER (Mediterranean Association of National Agencies for Energy Conservation), Union for the Mediterranean, EDSO smartgrids (association of distribution network operators), IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency), IPEEC (International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation), etc.
At a time when projections reveal that some of the energy efficiency targets of the EU Energy and Climate Package risk not being reached by 2020, “ADEME and its partners are more than ever determined to do what is necessary to promote energy management in Europe”, summed up Nicolas Dyèvre.
The EnR Club is implementing several major projects in various areas of energy management
One example is the ODYSSEE-MURE project that has led to the rollout of reference tools for compiling and assessing energy efficiency policies in Europe. The databases containing 1400 measures and 200 indicators are now used to assess policies in 18 countries. The EnR Club has also created the Topten guide for household appliances. This website, which attracts three million visitors a year, provides users with details about the comparative consumption of household appliances. Finally, the EnR Club has launched the Ecowill website to promote eco-driving practices among drivers.