Joint appeal of BDEW, BDI und DIHK:

Central associations of industry require improvements of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive

Berlin, 25 May 2012 – Central associations of the German industry expressed their concern about the continued restraint of the German Federal Government in the ongoing negotiations on the EU Energy Efficiency Directive in Brussels. The Federation of German Industry (Bundesverband der deutschen Industrie - BDI), the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag - DIHK) and the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) have now expressed their concerns in a common position paper.

„The increase in energy efficiency within the EU is a key issue which is also in the German industry’s own interest. Some of the currently discussed regulations of the new Directive are however too rigid and insufficiently market-oriented”, the Associations underlined in their position statement. The Associations warned of „measures such as an absolute limitation of EU-wide energy consumption or the introduction of an annual savings rate for energy companies that will affect the growth and competitiveness of the European industry due to increases in energy prices and operating costs“.

Besides, the draft legislation also implied measures leading to a multiple burden on companies which participate in emissions trading. The obligatory CO2 target provided already sufficient incentives to these companies to reduce their own energy consumption. The new legal framework should be refined in this respect. Furthermore, it should address the real impediments to energy efficiency improvements, such as long amortisation periods for expensive investments, financing shortfalls and the difficult tenant/landlord relationship.

BDEW, BDI and DIHK make a joint appeal to the German Federal Government: „There is an urgent need for action, also in the interest of the German industry, to participate in the elaboration of the new Energy Efficiency Directive and allow space to market-compatible solutions!“

Press contacts:

Dr. Olga Wilde
Press Spokeswoman
Abteilung Presse und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit
Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V.
Breite Straße 29
10178 Berlin
phone: 030 - 2028-1420
fax: 030 - 2028-2420

Jan Ulland
Deputy Press Spokesman
Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft (BDEW)
Reinhardtstraße 32
10117 Berlin
phone: 030 - 300 199 - 1162
fax: 030 - 300 199 - 4190
mail: jan.ulland@bdew.de

Thomas Renner
Press Spokesman
DIHK | Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag e.V.
Breite Straße 29
10178 Berlin
phone: 030 20308 - 1607
fax: 030 20308 - 1666


Jan Ulland
Pressesprecher / Press Spokesman