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January 2022


Measuring and increasing impact of EU energy efficiency policies

To implement the Energy Efficiency First principle effectively, policymakers need reliable data on the costs and benefits of energy efficiency actions. Yet the Energy Efficiency Directive — including Member States’ compliance with their reporting obligations — has not delivered the information needed to maximise impact. In their new paper, Samuel Thomas and Marion Santini offer seven clear recommendations for filling this gap through better evaluation, measurement and verification.



RAP’s thought leadership drives progressive policy decisions

On the bright side of another dark year marked by the coronavirus pandemic, 2021 saw notable progress towards an equitable and efficient energy transition. CEO Richard Sedano highlights RAP’s contributions to policy wins in China, Europe, India and the United States. Our Europe programme engaged in the complex strategies of the Fit for 55 legislative package, the UK’s Heat and Buildings Strategy and the debate on resource adequacy stemming from the February 2021 energy crisis in Texas.



Energy poverty alleviation through the Energy Efficiency Directive

The European Commission’s proposal for a revised Energy Efficiency Directive prioritises efficiency measures that benefit vulnerable households. As part of the Horizon 2020 ENSMOV and SocialWatt projects, Louise Sunderland and Samuel Thomas assess the scale of support created and highlight successful examples of implementation. They find best practice in combining energy efficiency obligation schemes with a broad enabling framework of policies, partnerships and referral networks, as well as multiple funding sources.



Talking with experts about the energy transition

The transition to clean energy poses one of the greatest challenges of our lifetimes. Meeting global climate and energy goals will require the right balance of policy, regulation, finance, technology and equity considerations. In Foresight Climate & Energy’s new podcast Watt Matters, Michaela Holl, David Weston and Jan Rosenow regularly welcome guests from Europe, North America and around the world to break down the complex topics around achieving an affordable net-zero future.



The case for a clean heat standard

With nearly three-quarters of global heating still based on fossil fuels, the need to decarbonise heat is paramount. In a webinar for the Energy Action Network (U.S.), Chris Neme and RAP’s Richard Cowart explore clean heat standards, a performance-based policy that supports environmentally friendly heating options such as high-efficiency heat pumps.

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RAP welcomes former CEO of PGE Baltica

At a time when Europe has committed to a dramatic increase in wind energy, we are delighted to announce that Monika Morawiecka has joined RAP’s Europe programme. With her industry experience in power system transformation, energy scenario planning and regulatory affairs in Central and Eastern Europe, she brings unique perspective to our work.
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“This is a massively missed opportunity.”

Louise Sunderland on the European Commission’s plan to set minimum grades for building renovation, rather than incentivise deep energy efficiency measures.

Source: Europe’s buildings in line for energy-saving overhaul, Reuters


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