Brussels, 18 January 2016: After a 2015 characterized by the framework definition of the Energy Union, 2016 will be the year of the revision of the main energy efficiency legislations to underpin the 2030 targets.
The business community represented by the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE) has welcomed the growing international consensus towards a low-carbon economy, as agreed at COP21 in Paris Agreement, and the recent call by the European Parliament for a 40% EU binding energy efficiency target for 2030.
However, a lot needs to be done and industry has a key role to play in view of forthcoming legislative challenges.
The decision of Veolia to join EU-ASE from 1 January 2016 is very good news for the energy efficiency community.
Veolia is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 179,000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them. In 2014, the Veolia group supplied 96 million people with drinking water and 60 million people with wastewater service, produced 52 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 31 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement recorded consolidated revenue of €24.4 billion in 2014.
Welcoming the new member, the Chairman of EU-ASE Board, Harry Verhaar, Head of Global Public & Government Affairs at Philips Lighting, said: “We are very happy with Veolia joining the European Alliance to Save Energy. Veolia further strengthens our capacity to gather and represent the interests of multinationals and SMEs from several industrial sectors to highlight the significant multiple benefits of energy efficiency. This large industrial representation aims at underlining to EU policy-makers that energy efficiency provides the socio-economic benefits that Europe needs and will prosper from. Energy efficiency creates local jobs and industrial growth, improves competitiveness and increases productivity, while at the same time it reduces carbon emissions and lowers our energy bills. We will work with EU policy-makers to ensure that all existing market barriers are addressed and that the EU regulatory framework can effectively boost investments in energy efficiency”.
On behalf of Veolia, Pierre Eymery, Director for Public Affairs, said: “Buildings, through their consumption of heat represent close to 20% of all fossil energy consumed in Europe and a similar share of CO2 emissions. More globally heat and cold consumption for all types of purposes (including industrial and commercial usage) double that proportion to 40%. Taking care of the envelope of buildings through their insulation and their automation is important, but providing them with efficient, low carbon thermal energy generated and cogenerated locally with the best mix of renewables is essential. These approaches are the two sides of the same coin. EU-ASE is the place where industrial companies coming from the building construction, automation, energy services (like Veolia) and other sectors can converge and help craft the future of energy efficiency on the continent. That is why we are delighted to join the Alliance and work with other stakeholders to promote energy efficiency it all its dimensions”.