Energy Efficiency—But at what cost?

30May
2017
  • Dinner debate in Brussels
Main speaker: 
  • Lenka Kovačovská, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic
  • Pavel Cyrani, Member of the Board of Directors and Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer in the CEZ Group

Intervention by Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director for renewable energy, research and innovation and energy efficiency at DG Energy

In its Clean energy for all Europeans’ package, the European Commission proposes an update to the Energy Efficiency Directive including an EU-wide binding target of 30% energy efficiency for 2030. 

This dinner-debate provided an opportunity to reflect on some challenges the proposed revision of the Energy Efficiency Directive might pose. How will the reviewed target interact with other EU climate and energy policies? In particular, which impact will it have on European carbon prices? How coherent are the different EU climate and energy policies? 

Lenka Kovačovská, Deputy Minister at the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade, opened the discussion. Pavel Cyrani, Member of the Board and Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer in the CEZ Group, discussed what costs the revision could imply for some Member States, with a special focus on the Czech Republic. The debate was complemented by an intervention from Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director for renewable energy, research and innovation and energy efficiency at DG Energy.