Estimating Additional Energy Savings in the EU

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Analysis by CLASP identified an additional 40-70 TWh of energy saving per annum by 2030 from eleven existing ecodesign and energy labeling regulations covering seven product groups. All eleven regulations were scheduled for review by the end of 2014.

The discussion paper was intended, with the support of eceee, as a contribution to the evidence base for the reviews of – and to help prioritize efforts on – energy-related product policy in the EU. CLASP and eceee hoped that the paper will prove of value to all stakeholders in the process and of interest to the wider energy efficiency community.

The paper estimates the potential additional energy savings from revisions to the EU’s ecodesign and energy labeling regulations on: household refrigerators, external power supplies, household washing machines, household dishwashers, tertiary lighting, household lighting and simple set-top boxes. Televisions are not included as the review process of existing regulations on televisions was already underway.

The analysis shows that, of the seven product groups, tertiary and household lighting together with household refrigerators continue to offer the greatest potential for energy savings.

The paper lays out illustrative policy scenarios for each product group appropriate to their technological progress. The scenarios are based on a high, medium, and low level of ambition. An economic assessment of technologies is not included in the scope of the paper, as it was prepared in a relatively short period of time. Instead, policy scenarios are informed by the scale of increases and timing of existing regulations, in addition to the assessment of technological development since the adoption of those regulations.

The Commission set out ambitious plans for energy related product policy for the period 2012-2014. CLASP and eceee hope that the discussion paper will be of use to the Commission, Member States and stakeholders in charting the way forward.

In particular, the analysis will help:

  1. Reduce the amount of time taken for any subsequent analysis in support of the reviews;
  2. Identify the most important product groups in energy saving terms;
  3. Identify the amount of energy that can be saved from revisions in addition to what is delivered by the regulations as they are;
  4. Prioritize the overall workload.

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