Hildegard Müller, Chairwoman of the General Executive Management Board of the German Association of Energy and Water Industries (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft - BDEW) declared on today’s adoption of the Energy Efficiency Directive by the European Council that:
„There is no doubt to the German energy sector that the increase in energy efficiency is necessary within the European Union in order to save CO2 and realise our ambitious climate policy objectives. The Energy Efficiency Directive adopted today by the European Council enables the Member States to choose the measures best suited to their national structures. Energy suppliers in Germany offer already economically efficient energy services and comprehensive energy advice to all customer segments.
It is therefore essential that the implementation of the Directive in national law does not lead to a negative impact on the German market. The BDEW requires the German Federal Government to make use of all possibilities to increase energy efficiency and consistently develop the successful approach pursued to implement the legal framework and the funding scheme on the basis of free-market principles. Due to the successful mixture of support and regulation, Germany has reached a top position among the industrialised nations in Europe and in the world in terms of efficient energy use. This fact should be taken into consideration when implementing the Directive in national law. The energy industry is particularly sceptical about energy efficiency obligation schemes. In the opinion of the BDEW, this is no cost-efficient market-oriented instrument. As a result, energy prices would continue to rise because the partly considerable additional costs incurred by energy utilities could only be covered through energy prices.
The energy industry considers the EU’s demand for the definition of a long-term strategy for the rehabilitation of existing buildings before April 2014 as a positive impulse. The energy industry, too, considers this step to be one of the most important approaches to energy saving. It is all the more urgent that the German government and the German Laender finally agree on a sustainable compromise in terms of the energetic rehabilitation of buildings.“