'Energy efficiency first': easier said than done?

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

*Registration for this event has closed. If you wish to participate in this seminar please contact info@cerre.eu*

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 to consider the wide range of available policy measures. Their efficacy will be assessed and discussed in light both of theoretical considerations and practical experience of industry players.

The informative and enlightening discussions at the workshop, 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 

Graeme Steele

Senior Advisor,



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 is the energy industry facing up to the energy efficiency challenge?

A number of industry players will share their practical experience of addressing the demands of the EU's energy efficiency objectives. 

Bernard Thomas

Special Advisor,



Marcus Franken

Head, EU Representative Office,



Rod Janssen

President of the Board,
Energy Efficiency in Industrial Processes



Adrian Joyce

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


A panel discussion will then consider a number of questions, including:

  • How do market actors (obligated parties and end consumers) decide on which efficiency investments to pursue?
  • How could the approach outlined in Article 7 be improved?
Coffee Break
Panel Discussion: How are Member States applying Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive?

The diverging experience of France and Germany in implementing the Energy Efficiency Directive will be presented in two case studies:

Stefan Thomas

Director, Energy, Transport & Climate Policy,
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy


Christian Deconninck

Association Technique Energie Environnement

The subsequent panel discussion will address a number of policy and strategy questions, including:
  • How (ex-ante and ex-post) is the efficiency of policies measured? 
  • How co-ordinated are decarbonisation objectives with energy efficiency objectives?
Conclusions & Closing Remarks
Cocktail Reception


Gilda Amorosi

Policy Advisor, Energy Efficiency and Generation,



Marine Cornelis

Secretary General,
National Energy Ombudsmen Network


Bertrand Déprez

Vice President, EU Government Affairs,
Schneider Electric


Thierry Deschuyteneer

Manager, Strategic & Prospective Studies, 


Florian Gonzalez

Projects and Comminications Officer,
EDSO for Smart Grids



Lelde Kiela-Vilumsone

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


Michel Matheu

Head, EU Strategy,


Carina Törnblom

DG Justice, European Commission




Athanasios Troupakis

Market Advisor,



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