How Europe can deliver on energy efficiency

EU energy labels for home appliances (photo Europe by Satellite)

The European Commission’s recently released Clean Energy Package, has a 2030 target of 30% energy savings. An important policy instrument to deliver these are Energy Efficiency Obligation (EEO) schemes. According to new research from the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), not only are EEOs a highly cost-effective way to deliver energy efficiency, over the long term they can deliver consumer savings worth more than 4 times the costs of meeting … [Read more...]

We need a lorry-load of energy savings – the UK government delivers a hatchback

Prime Minister Theresa May visits UK company Martek Designs (photo Downing Street 10)

The UK government has published a proposal for the new phase of its flagship energy savings policy, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). According to Jan Rosenow and Richard Cowart of the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), the plan falls far short of what is needed to meet the UK’s targets both on fuel proverty and carbon reduction. “The government has its reasoning backward.” … [Read more...]

Energy efficiency in the UK: why are we walking away from it?

loft insulation photo Mike Carter-slider

For the first time in more than two decades, the UK has no energy efficiency programme for the bulk of the market, write Jan Rosenow and Richard Cowart of the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP). The authors note that the pace of reduction in energy demand is already slowing down and this will only get worse in the coming years. They call on the UK government tot take action: the market won’t deliver energy efficiency without incentives or … [Read more...]