Economics Ministry needs help in defining energy efficiency

In autumn 2012, on October 25th, the Directive 2012/27/EC on energy efficiency, known as the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, was issued. A common framework has thus been created to ensure that the common European target of 20% more energy efficiency by 2020 is achieved. This directive contains rules with which barriers in the energy market and market failures that stand in the way of more efficient energy supply and use are to be eliminated. In addition, it is planned to set indicative national energy efficiency targets by 2020 (source).

Now it is time for implementation in the member states of the European Union. In Germany, the Federal Ministry of Economics is responsible for this, which has already made itself felt negatively when the guideline was being drawn up by constantly trying to soften the goals of the guideline. In February, the BMWi announced that Germany would already meet the targets for 2020 and could even exceed them. That’s not easy either, if you cheat in the evaluation and take into account many other projects that have nothing to do with energy efficiency.

In its most recent issue, the TV magazine Report Mainz once again pointed out which measures the Federal Ministry of Economics would like to have counted towards the energy efficiency targets. Simply unbelievable, completely foreign areas are to be taken into account, such as the truck toll, the vehicle tax or the surcharge for renewable energies.

Claude Turmes, MEP, Green Group, rightly criticizes REPORT MAINZ:

“What Mr. Rösler is planning is not in the sense of the directive, nor is it in the text. The directive wants concrete energy efficiency measures and no sleight of hand. “

The implementation of the energy efficiency directive in Germany is becoming a deception and a missed opportunity for consumers who are left alone with rising energy costs, according to Frauke Rogalla, energy expert at the Federal Association of Consumer Organizations at Report Mainz.

Tutoring for the definition of energy efficiency

The term “energy efficiency” is often used incorrectly, perhaps we should first define it so that the Minister for Economic Affairs knows what it’s all about. I couldn’t find a definition in the directive itself. Only a few specific areas that are important for increasing energy efficiency are addressed. Some paragraphs talk about “energy saving”, even if that can be different from energy efficiency.

Where do you look online to find a definition? Exactly, at Wikipedia and there it says:

Energy efficiency is a measure of the amount of energy used to achieve a specified benefit. […] A process is efficient when a certain benefit is achieved with minimal energy consumption. This corresponds to the economic principle (namely the minimum principle).

An increase in energy efficiency can lead to energy savings. If an energy company sells more products, energy consumption will also increase – but not on the same scale as before with increased energy efficiency. For the industry, I found a nice definition that fits in with this: energy efficiency is the ratio of energy consumption to sales. Rising energy prices therefore increase the incentive for energy efficiency or to reduce energy consumption, since the benefit increases with increasing energy efficiency.

I found another good definition at Techem. It says there that the energy efficiency is all the higher, “the lower the energy losses in the production, conversion, distribution and use of energy sources are.”

And below is the beautiful sentence:

“In short, the goal of all efforts to increase efficiency is to avoid all unnecessary energy consumption.”

Shouldn’t that be in the interest of every energy consumer?

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