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  1. 1. Policy and regulation as drivers for the Green Economy Patricia Lawless 21 May 2010
  2. 2. EU Policy 20:20:20 By 2020: • 20% reduction in GHG emissions • 20% improvement in energy efficiency • 20% share for renewables in the EU energy mix
  3. 3. EU Legislation Includes: • Emission trading scheme • Energy efficiency and services • Standards in buildings, equipment (and labelling), cars and fuel
  4. 4. National Energy Efficiency Action Plan 2009-2020 “It is largely an enabling Directive, intended to increase the focus on cost effective and verifiable energy efficiency measures and to encourage the development of new business and activities in the area of energy services”
  5. 5. Energy Efficiency Actions • Smart Meters • Energy Efficiency Services • Green Procurement
  6. 6. Commission for Energy Regulation Information Paper November 2007 “This paper starts from the position that smart metering is an inevitable technological development… … this paper proposes a framework in which the future scope of smart metering arrangements … can be established. The framework is intended to permit the various potential applications and their interactions to be … investigated.
  7. 7. Energy Efficiency and Services Directive “Member States shall ensure that, in so far as it is technically possible, financially reasonable and proportionate in relation to the potential energy savings, final customers for electricity, natural gas… are provided with competitively priced individual meters that accurately reflect the final customer's actual energy consumption and that provide information on actual time of use.”
  8. 8. Energy Efficiency and Services Regulations • Energy efficiency savings targets • A higher indicative target for the public sector • Monitoring and measuring energy savings • Registration system for energy auditors • Obligations for public bodies – fulfil an exemplary role – energy audits – energy efficient public procurement – purchase/lease of energy efficient buildings
  9. 9. Energy Efficiency and Services Regulations Cont’d • Empowers Minister to require energy suppliers – to ensure the offer and promotion to customers of energy efficiency services – to ensure the availability and promotion to customers of energy audits and energy efficiency improvement measures and/or – to contribute an Energy Efficiency Fund established by the Minister (except electricity and gas businesses). • Energy suppliers may alternatively establish Voluntary Agreements for the purposes of promoting energy efficiency to their customers • Provisions for energy efficient tariffs and informative billing.
  10. 10. The National Energy Efficiency Plan 2009-2012 •“The public sector represents a hugely significant part of the total economy through its purchasing of over €10 billion of goods and services each year. •This considerable purchasing power can be used to leverage the market to provide goods and services with the highest energy efficiency standards. •If approached systematically, the public sector has the potential to act as an early user and pioneer of new and efficient technologies, thereby demonstrating their feasibility to the private sector. •In addition, the behaviour of the public sector sends a very important leadership signal. • Government, in leading by example, can demonstrate its commitment to the energy efficiency agenda and offer confidence to others in the markets that there is an exciting and profitable future for technologies and services that emphasise energy efficiency. •The performance of the public sector is, therefore, critical.”
  11. 11. Energy Efficiency and Services Regulations “SEI shall, with Ministerial approval, publish guidelines on energy efficiency considerations that should be considered by public bodies when devising assessment criteria for procurement of goods and services. These guidelines shall include a summary of those bodies’ obligations under Regulation 15 [efficient buildings].”
  12. 12. Green Procurement Policy • Identify the procurement areas where green policies are most important • Give real guidance on setting and assessing compliance with green criteria for specific products/services
  13. 13. Policy and regulation as drivers for the Green Economy Patricia Lawless 21 May 2010