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Speech: Edward Davey speech to Ecobuild conference: Making Britain's homes warmer, greener, and cheaper to heat
Thanks Paul [KING] for that introduction.
It's great to be back here at Ecobuild helping you celebrate your 10 year anniversary.
This exhibition is now the world's largest sustainability show for the built environment.
As Paul wrote in the Conference supplement:
"Ecobuild has become the Crystal Palace of its day, the Great Exhibition where new products can be found and sold, and fortunes can be made in the name of green building."
One of my very first engagements when I became as Secretary of State two years ago was to launch DECC's Energy Efficiency Deployment Office.
I said then that one of the purposes of EEDO was to "change the way we think about energy……to make energy efficiency real and relevant to people's everyday lives".
And that remains the challenge – a challenge for government, for industry and for everyone who supports what we are trying to achieve.
So today I want to talk about how Government proposes to improve two of our key policies to meet that challenge.
In particular the Energy Company Obligation – ECO – with the new consultation we are publishing today.
And I want to set out how we're improving the Green Deal, in the light of what many of you have told us - what we've being doing already and a sneak preview of some announcements we'll be making shortly.
But before I do, I want to emphasise just how important it is that we constantly strive to improve what we do, together.
For our shared ambition is to build one of the least wasteful, most energy efficient, most climate friendly societies in the developed world.
And to drive home that ambition we will all need to work together to help your customers - our citizens - the families and households of Britain – to bring about a radical change in the way they approach powering and heating their homes.
Taking control of their consumption.
Becoming smart savers.
Cutting out waste where they can, bringing down their bills so they can stay warm for less – and bringing down their polluting carbon emissions.
People have seen this winter the kind of wild weather the scientists warn us will become more frequent in a warming world.
So many recognise the need to be more energy efficient - to cut their bills, to act on climate change - or both.
But they are still not always convinced that there is anything they personally can do.
Together, that's our challenge: to convince them to take action.
That is why initiatives such as Sir Ian Cheshire's 'Big Energy Idea' which he'll be talking about tomorrow are encouraging.
Because it will be through shared endeavours – government and industry - that we will drive the change we need.
So we need to remember what's been achieved.
Together, over the last 10 years - government working with industry - we have grown a market for energy efficiency here in Britain with over £18bn of sales, supporting over 130,000 jobs.
With energy efficiency exports at almost £2bn, Britain is a recognised world leader in technology and expertise.
And that's largely to do with the people here at this conference.
Because of the work you've done:
Around two thirds of lofts and cavity walls are now well insulated;
Over three quarters of homes have double glazing throughout;
And this energy efficiency has been driving a fall in household energy consumption.
Households are now using around a fifth less energy than they were in 2004 – saving the average consumer around £200 a year in today's prices.
But of course more needs to be done.
Around half of all homes don't have energy saving condensing boilers fitted.
Around seven and a half million homes could have more roof insulation.
Around five million homes are not fully double glazed and almost 1.5 million have no double glazing at all.
Over five million homes could benefit from cavity wall insulation.
And almost eight million solid wall homes remain untreated.
A lot of potential business.
Of course, in some areas, reaching that potential is getting harder.
A lot of the easy to treat, low-cost, low hanging fruit has been plucked.
The harder to reach consumers, living in the hardest to treat houses, are often the poorest and most vulnerable in our society who need support and help to access your services.
The private rented sector, which accounts for five million homes, has never been properly targeted or incentivised for energy efficiency.
And like any emerging market, there are bumps along the way, and it can take time to ensure we have the right regulatory balance that guarantees quality and access without inhibiting growth.
So let me turn to ECO and the Green Deal.
Energy efficiency policy framework
Last year, when I spoke here at Ecobuild, we had just launched the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation which replaced the CERT and CESP schemes.
And since the launch, just twelve months ago, over 450,000 households have benefited from the new regime - 450,000.
And our ambition for that new policy framework – our target – remains the same as at that launch.
To have at least one million homes upgraded under ECO and the Green Deal by the end of the next financial year.
That's not to say, things have worked out quite as planned or gone smoothly.
And today I want to be frank about the lessons learnt.
But we should acknowledge what has been achieved – just as we acknowledge that the name of the game must be to improve.
I know the frustration is that we don't always get it right first time.
And that the certainty and stability we all want isn't helped when we have to make changes.
Yet the prize remains a large one.
The prize remains creating a stable long term market - for decades.
So changes at this stage, after one year, perhaps shouldn't be too surprising, given that ambition.
I'm just determined to make sure that you, the green building industry, have a say in how we move forward.
So let me start with improving ECO.
ECO's effectiveness for driving home energy efficiency is not in question.
It is our foremost tool for helping the poorest and most vulnerable in society to get those benefits.
As with previous schemes, it incentivises carbon reductions and remains an obligation on the large energy suppliers.
And even following the boom year of 2012 – when Cert and CESP came to an end with a scramble to meet targets by the deadline - 2013 with ECO has been a great success.
Hundreds of thousands of the poorest and more vulnerable have been warmer this winter – in the main part, at no cost to them.
But of course ECO does have a cost.
And it's because the impact of this government policy falls on consumers through their energy bills, including consumers on low incomes, that it is entirely reasonable that we reviewed it to ensure that it delivers in the most cost effective manner possible.
So today I am publishing our consultation on the future of the Energy Company Obligation.
We are proposing a series of changes designed to reduce costs for suppliers and thereby reduce the impact on bills for millions of consumers.
This consultation is a key opportunity to make sure we take into account your needs and the experience of ECO this last year.
It is a real chance to shape its course in the future.
But before, during and after this review of ECO, I've been clear: the obligations under ECO that meet the needs of the fuel poor cannot be compromised.
And they have not been cut back.
We continue to cleave to the basic idea that the nature of our housing stock means that expensive but necessary work can require subsidies.
These principles will continue to underpin ECO.
But we recognise that near term targets create long-term uncertainty and can result in surges of activity followed by lulls as the market adjusts.
So it is our intention through this consultation to deliver longer-term certainty that is required for proper business planning.
As we announced in December, we are extending the reach of the current ECO through to 2017, with new targets from 2015-17.
The two fuel poverty elements of ECO have been fully protected before the old 2015 cut off, and we propose to fully extend them, for an additional two years.
This gives a three year line of sight for business planning – longer than ever before.
And to avoid any repeat of boom and bust, we propose that suppliers will be able to carry forward a proportion of their delivery against 2015 targets to count towards 2017 obligations.
Lofts and cavities will now be eligible as so many in the industry pressed for and, for the first time, we will put a target in place for Solid Wall Insulation – a minimum target, not a maximum.
Of course the danger of consultations is that they themselves can create a hiatus.
So as we carry forward this ECO consultation I am keen to ensure that work now does not suffer, while the new legislation is put in place later in the year.
So Ofgem will continue to administer ECO - and measures installed after 1st April will be included as allowable primary measures under the new regime.
So I urge you to get stuck into the detail of the consultation and work with DECC and OFGEM to ensure that we are providing the stability and certainty required.
Driving the energy efficiency market
Of course our vision of an energy efficiency market is much wider than the obligations under ECO.
While ECO focusses in the main on the poorest, the great innovation this government is bringing about is to develop a whole new energy efficiency business model.
A model where the basic proposition to is to help all households buy less energy rather than selling energy to them.
That is the underlying proposition of the Green Deal.
It's different from anything that has gone before; a world first.
And of course central to the Green Deal design is the Green Deal assessment.
More than 145,000 Green Deal assessments have been undertaken in little over a year.
And our surveys show that of those who've had a green deal assessment, not only are the vast majority satisfied with that assessment, but over 80% have already acted on it, or are seriously considering having the work done to improve their home's energy efficiency.
So I am encouraged that so many people are using the Green Deal assessment to seek information and to take action to invest in making their homes warmer.
We are looking at ways to improve the Green Deal assessment, of course, and we want your thoughts, but the good news is that we have a lot of assessments to go on.
But when it comes to converting Green Deal assessments into finance plans, the story so far has been, let's face it, disappointing.
And we need to tackle that.
But the fact that most people currently having a Green Deal assessment are not then going on to choose Green Deal finance plans shouldn't actually worry us.
How people pay for energy efficiency improvements is not after all the main issue.
The aim of the Green Deal isn't to sell green credit plans, but to make our homes warmer, cheaper and greener.
First and foremost, the Green Deal is a way of helping people understand how they can save energy and how they can reduce their bills.
It is about the availability of good information on home improvements and access to trusted companies to do the work.
And that is what we need to focus on because the outcome is far more important that the input.
Nonetheless, we need more outcomes.
We need the Green Deal to help deliver more activity.
More investment. More energy efficiency.
So we are determined to take the necessary steps to overcome the barriers that people are saying they face when it comes to accessing Green Deal measures and savings.
It's clear from the feedback that the information, administration and finance has been too difficult, lengthy and complicated for people to access easily.
The assessment process needs to be improved.
And the old incentives weren't taken up.
So what do we need to do?
First, a single route through for consumers - to get the energy efficiency advice and upgrades they want, whether it ends up being through ECO, Green Deal or self-financed – easy, simple, hassle free.
Second, a healthy market place of companies that can make the improvements, sell the benefits to customers and be trusted to work to the required standard.
And third, attractive incentives and access to a finance package that makes sense for the individual.
Where are we on delivering these?
From quite early on, we've been looking for ways to streamline the Green Deal.
It started off too clunky and too complex.
So, for example, the simple on-line Home Energy Tool is now available – to help people check quickly what types of improvements would benefit them and what support they can get.
And where to go for more advice.
The Energy Saving Advice Service can match consumers together with local Green Deal providers and help them through the journey from assessment to finance to installation.
We are stripping down the red tape required to get a Green Deal finance plan, knocking 10 days of the process, so people can now – as of last month - sign up to a plan on the same day they get a quote for the work.
Amendments to the Consumer Credit Act have now come into effect which will allow the same Green Deal finance plan to be offered to all customers irrespective of what housing tenure they have.
Vital for the privately rented sector.
Let me be completely candid on this.
The day I found out that the 2011 Energy Act had not made it crystal clear where the liability for the green deal loan was, in the case of a landlord and tenant, was my most frustrating Green Deal day last year.
I've always regarded the Green Deal – with the Green Deal finance plan - as tailor-made for the private rented sector.
But, even after consultation with landlords and lawyers, a mistake was made.
And we've corrected it.
Now, as of last month, Green Deal Providers can access the as yet untapped demand in the private rented sector.
Giving landlords the opportunity to improve their properties for the mutual benefit of themselves and their tenants.
And there is more work in train.
You have told us that many customers wanting to use Green Deal finance to fund improvements can't borrow enough to cover the full cost of the measures they want to install - and meet the 'Golden Rule'.
So we are considering what changes may be possible so the Golden Rule may cover more costs while maintaining important consumer protections.
But making sure the Green Deal journey is smoother will only take us part of the way.
We have to make sure that we get the message out in the first place and encourage people to start the process to begin with.
In December, we announced that we have increased fourfold the capital funding available under the Green Deal Communities scheme.
And we received 64 Green Deal Communities bids from Local Authorities hoping to accesses the extended fund of £80m.
As my colleague Greg Barker announced yesterday, the first six projects have been approved.
These projects are in Cambridgeshire, Ashfield, Suffolk, Peterborough, Haringey & Bracknell Forest, and together represent a total £19.5m to deliver over 5,500 Green Deal Plans to over 7,000 households.
Further projects are being assessed and we will announce the next tranche of successful projects shortly.
We also set out in December a £450 million package over three years to provide new energy efficiency incentives, including for home-buyers and landlords.
The new schemes are being designed to be simple to access, and work flexibly with or without Green Deal finance.
Again, we're learning from the shortcomings of the original cashback scheme.
Again we're taking advice from the industry.
We are considering whether to open the new scheme to installers and if we do would give you notice before the scheme goes live, to give you time to prepare.
We are working to ensure the new scheme is up and running before the current one closes to allow a smooth transition and avoid a hiatus in the market.
In the meantime, applications for the current cash back incentives have been extended to the end of June and we have uplifted the value of several measures, with solid wall insulations increased to £4,000 as a clear signal of our intent.
Today I have focussed on the Green Deal and ECO, as I know that these are of direct interest to many of you.
But they are by no means the only shows in town on Energy Efficiency.
The domestic Renewable Heat Initiative has received state aid clearance and is now subject to the approval of Parliament.
So, we are on is on track to launch in the Spring.
And I'm delighted to announce that ministerial responsibility for energy products and efficiency has been transferred from DEFRA to my department.
DECC's Energy Efficiency Deployment Office is now taking this work forward - driving innovation and helping to bring new, energy efficient appliances to the market.
Working with manufacturers and retailers will be part of this.
I was pleased to be able to launch with John Lewis, an innovative retail trial to see whether giving people lifetime electricity running costs on white goods results in higher sales for energy efficient models.
This full trial is running now and will complete in June.
This is all part of helping people to be smart savers.
Just like the roll out of smart meters.
By 2020, we want every home and small business in Britain to be in control of their energy use through smart electricity and smart gas meters, focussing minds on what is being used and how to save energy and money.
We are also pressing ahead with help for businesses and organisations to cut their energy use and save money.
The £20 million Electricity Demand Reduction pilot is now open for registration of interest through my Department.
Final pilot rules will be published in June this year, with applications to be submitted by October 2014.
Contracts to support EDR installations will be issued to successful bidders by January 2015.
So there is energy efficiency action being taken across the piece
But the vision for energy efficiency is clear.
For Britain's householders - a single, simple way through to a warm home and a lower bill.
For Britain's businesses – cutting energy costs to increase productivity and competitiveness.
For Britain's green energy efficiency industry - a partnership with government that grows the markets and sells the benefits.
And for the country as a whole, playing our part in the global drive to limit climate change by cutting our emissions.
Thank you for your help and your leadership in those vital green ambitions.
16:02, Wed 5 Mar 2014
Updated: Greg Barker has announced the first six schemes supported under the Green Deal Communities initiative.
Update 4 March 2014
Greg Barker has announced today that the first six schemes supported under the Green Deal Communities initiative are:
- 6 north London boroughs led by Haringey, and
- Bracknell Forest
Together they represent a total of £19.5m and aim to deliver over 5,500 Green Deal Plans, to over 7,000 households.
DECC is inviting local authorities ( LAs ), working with their partners, to come forward with ambitious and innovative street/area based proposals for funding. These proposal should aim to deliver Green Deal plans to as many households as possible. DECC funding can also be used to support households who choose to self-finance measures.
Proposals will be judged on:
- the number and total value of Green Deal plans that will be delivered
- their credibility eg LAs will need to demonstrate that they have secured Energy Companies Obligation ( ECO ) funding to compliment Green Deal financed plans and to have specifically identified the streets/areas targeted
- their creativity in offering local incentives to drive demand
- their sustainability in the long term (ie beyond the DECC funding) and
- being consistent with state aid and procurement rules
Following the announcement on 2 December 2013, there is now £80 million of capital funding available. Applications may be submitted at any time from September 2013 up to 31 December 2013 for a minimum of £1 million. LAs will be strongly encouraged to work together and with local partners to deliver.
What DECC might fund
Within the parameters above, LAs will have flexibility in how to deliver Green Deal plans with this capital funding. We would expect the following to be included:
- proposals to deliver solid wall insulation to private households with a strong blend of Green Deal finance/ ECO subsidy
- a comprehensive offer to as many households as possible: some households in a street may fund measures by blending Green Deal finance and ECO , some may choose to self-fund measures, while others may be eligible for 100% ECO subsidy
- creative approaches eg local incentives, working with local community partners, or refunding Green Deal assessments where a household installs measures using Green Deal financing or self-finance
- show homes to launch activity in an area, and
- proposals that deliver long term public value eg plans/templates for how to retrofit local home types
Webchat: Applications for the Green Deal Communities Fund
DECC officials led a live webchat on the Green Deal Communities fund on Thursday 12 September answering a range of questions on:
- the fund scope
- and the application and assessment process
We remind you that all bids must comply with State aid rules (including in the context of all other Government schemes and aid) and we will only be able to approve bids which meet this requirement.
You can find detailed guidance on State aid on the GOV.UK State Aid pages. We strongly recommend seeking legal advice to ensure your bid is State aid compliant.
Photo above by Alex Pepperhill on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons
11:00, Thu 25 Jul 2013
Friends and colleagues, it's a pleasure to be here today for this second Green Growth Summit.
Let me start by saying thank you to all those who have helped bring us together today and to establish the Green Growth Platform: To the EU Corporate Leaders Group for organising this Summit and Green Growth Platform.
To the businesses, trade associations, academics and international agencies who have put their time and effort into the two Advisory Councils set up following our first Summit last year.
And we look forward to hearing your insights into how Europe's decarbonisation can work for the climate and the economy, including energy intensive industries.
Particular thanks goes to the OECD whose Deputy Director, Helen Mountford, we look forward to hearing from about their work on green growth and the links with our own. And to the IEA whose Executive Director, Maria van der Hoeven, we are delighted to have here to address the crucial questions on energy prices and competitiveness.
Finally, I want to thank my friends in the Ministerial Green Growth Group for their enduring commitment to working together to explore, promote and pursue an ambitious and growth-enhancing EU low carbon agenda.
In particular, I am delighted to be able to announce that the Green Growth Group, including UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, have today agreed to a joint statement calling for an agreement at the March European Council to the key elements of a 2030 energy and climate package including, a binding domestic EU greenhouse gas target for 2030 of at least 40% and a binding EU level renewables target of at least 27%, that will not be translated into binding national targets.
This is a very important step forward, and a timely one.
SETTING THE SCENE – ECONOMIC & STRATEGIC CHALLENGES:
Later this month, Europe's national leaders will gather here in Brussels to seek to agree the EU's 2030 energy and climate policy framework. The 2020 Framework has served us well.
But when it comes to investment decisions on energy projects that will last into the middle of the century and beyond, 2020 is fast disappearing in the rear view mirror.
The EU Emissions Trading System needs radical surgery to achieve all that it was put in place to do.
And next year, in Paris, world leaders will meet to agree a global and comprehensive climate change agreement.
But as we agree a 2030 framework, we must do so with our eyes open to the challenges ahead.
First, Europe is still feeling the fallout of the most serious financial and economic crisis our continent has experienced since World War Two.
After so much hard work to restore economic stability, securing the recovery remains a priority.
So we have to make sure that the 2030 framework delivers our ambitious climate and energy goals in the most competitive and cost-effective way.
Second, in recent years, European and North American energy prices have substantially diverged.
European gas prices are around three times higher than in the US, while industrial electricity prices remain roughly twice as high.
The IEA predicts that while this energy price gap should narrow, it is likely to remain significant for some time.
For most businesses, energy represents a small fraction of their production costs; 3% for UK and German manufacturers on average.
And European industry has many other areas of comparative international advantage, not least in energy efficiency.
But for certain energy intensives operating in a highly competitive market, this price divergence represents a new structural competitiveness challenge.
Against this economic backdrop, some argue that Europe cannot afford climate ambition, or that we should wait and see what others' low carbon ambitions are first. I could not disagree more.
As the latest IEA analysis sets out, the price discrepancy between Europe and the US is primarily driven by the US shale gas boom on the one hand, and Europe's expensive fossil fuel import dependency on the other.
So Europe could choose to abandon its entire low carbon agenda.
But it would barely scratch the surface of the problems facing certain energy intensive industries.
In fact, the Commission's Impact Assessment found that a 40% domestic 2030 emissions target would only lower EU GDP by 0.15%.
And a brand new study my Department commissioned from an independent French consultancy, copies of which are here today, support these findings. This is all in the context of projected EU GDP growth by 2030 of 25%.
So the European problem for competitiveness, for Energy Intensive Industries, is not climate action.
It is the US shale gas revolution - and we must respond to.
Third, Europe is facing an unprecedented energy investment challenge.
Europe needs trillions of Euros of investment over the foreseeable future to replace a fleet of ageing power stations, and to strengthen our energy infrastructure.
This is about cold hard energy security, providing power for our businesses and homes, or put simply, just keeping the lights on.
And finally, Europe's indigenous fossil fuel resources are in decline and import dependency is rapidly growing.
The IEA predicts that by 2035 we will need to import 90% of our oil needs and over 80% for gas.
Our fossil fuel import bill consumes more of Europe's GDP than any other developed or major emerging economy.
And it is a major cause of Europe's global trade deficit.
With demand continuing to spiral in developing countries, fossil fuel import prices are likely to remain high and subject to supply shocks and price volatility.
So our energy security is best served by minimising our exposure to the volatile global fossil fuel markets, enhancing our energy efficiency and maximising home-grown low carbon energy, as well as cleaner indigenous reserves, such as natural gas, to help ease the low carbon transition.
HOW SHOULD EUROPE RESPOND?
Europe's response to these overlapping challenges needs to be smart and strategic.
For my part, I would like to begin by outlining three key things things that I believe should be part of a smart and strategic 2030 package.
And I very much look forward to hearing today from the Green Growth Advisory Councils and from you on how to solve some of these challenges, and to stealing the best ideas. First and foremost, Europe must give the commerical sector the long-term signals they need now to invest in our low carbon and energy infrastructure.
This means agreeing an ambitious 2030 domestic greenhouse gas target of at least 40% in the first half of this year.
Without early clarity over Europe's 2030 climate ambitions, we risk delays to investments in essential energy projects, higher costs of investment capital and expensive carbon lock-in.
And since the best competitiveness hedge is securing a global climate deal, Europe should commit to consider in early 2015 whether to raise its emissions target in the light of pledges from others and our 2 degrees climate objective.
Second, we need to ensure that the 2030 package is cost-effective and cost-efficient.
A cost-effective package means stepping up the integration and interconnection of European energy markets so countries can buy clean, competitive, low carbon electricity from wherever it is cheapest.
So the 2030 package must be a vehicle for accelerating market integration and interconnection as a priority.
Ensuring we have gas and electricity networks modern enough and integrated enough to prevent European energy supplies being put at risk.
It also means urgently strengthening the ETS in order to drive down emissions and stimulate low carbon investments cost-effectively.
The current draft ETS legislation, is a welcome basis for discussion.
But we need to be bolder and move much faster to deliver the diversified, indiginous and lower carbon energy mix that we need - and at least cost.
And IEA analysis shows that even a CO2 price of €20 per tonne would only represent a few percentage points on average industrial electricity prices - a minor impact compared to the price shock of shale.
And third, as part of a wider industrial strategy for Europe, we must develop a energy and climate package for those energy intensives industries genuinely at risk of carbon leakage.
This means providing support through the ETS and state aid framework to help them to compete during the low carbon transition. This support will need to be focused on those sectors at significant risk to ensure they get the level of protection they need.
But in parallel, we must develop the incentives, financing and regulatory frameworks that deliver credible, cost-efficient decarbonisation pathways for these energy intensive sectors over the medium-term.
Europe's paper and pulp industry, for instance, have done pioneering work to identify the breakthrough technologies that will deliver dramatic cuts in industrial energy usage by completely re-inventing their processes.
Europe has to get behind these sorts of game changing innovations, learn from them and apply them across other industries
Colleagues, through an early, smart, cost-efficient and ambitious 2030 package, Europe can harness the links between competitiveness, security and climate change, and meet Europe's objectives in all three.
I very much look forward to working with you over the coming months under the Green Growth Platform, so we can develop and deliver an ambitious 2030 package that is good for the climate and the economy.
17:34, Mon 3 Mar 2014
- We urge the European Council in March to agree on the core elements of a climate and energy framework for 2030.
- The European Council should urgently agree an ambitious and cost-effective 2030 climate and energy framework, including a binding domestic greenhouse gas target of at least 40%. A delay risks undermining commercial sector confidence, deferring critical energy investments, increasing the cost of capital for these investments, and undermining momentum towards a global climate deal. Decisions will equip the EU with clear objectives prior to the climate summit in September.
- Renewables and energy efficiency will have to play a significant role in Member States' decarbonised energy mixes and energy policies as they constitute no-regret options. The Council should agree on a binding EU renewables energy target which should not be translated into binding national targets by the EU, leaving greater flexibility for Member States to develop their own renewable energy strategies. The EU target should be at least 27 %.
- Improved energy efficiency makes an essential contribution to all of the major objectives of EU climate and energy policies. We urge the Council to address energy efficiency as part of the 2030 framework after the mid-2014 review of the Energy Efficiency Directive.
- We welcome the frank and open discussion in the Council and urge that discussions intensify over the coming weeks to develop broad agreement on a package that meets the needs of all addressing concerns including cost-effectiveness, fairness and solidarity.
- Limiting global temperature rise to below 2 degrees is an absolute necessity; the conse¬quences for the world of failing to do so are too large. The Council should consider inter¬national cooperation and the use of high quality carbon market mechanisms in the context of raising ambition.
- A well-functioning EU Emissions Trading Scheme is the cornerstone of a cost-efficient decarbonisation strategy and for unlocking low carbon investment. The EU ETS continues to require urgent and significant strengthening.
- Certain energy intensive industries face a sustained competitiveness challenge due in part to the diverging EU-US energy prices. We note analysis from the IEA, Commission and other experts which confirm that the key drivers of this price gap are not costs related to the EU's energy and climate policies. In response, the Union and industry must work together to ensure strategic solutions are in place that maintain the competitiveness of European industry while delivering cost-effective low carbon transitions.
- Finally, the European Council should ensure the 2030 policy framework re-energises the drive to complete the internal energy market in order to maximise the cost-efficiencies resulting from increasing market integration and inter¬connection, facilitate the increase of low carbon generation and increase Europe's energy security.
Signed by Green Growth Group ministers:
- Melchior Wathelet, Belgium
- Rasmus Helveg Petersen, Denmark
- Keit Pentus-Rosimannus, Estonia
- Ville Niinistö, Finland
- Philippe Martin, France
- Sigmar Gabriel, Germany
- Barbara Hendricks, Germany
- Gianluca Galletti, Italy
- Wilma Mansveld, the Netherlands
- Jorge Moreira da Silva, Portugal
- Dejan Židan, Slovenia
- Miguel Arias Cañete, Spain
- Lena Ek, Sweden
- Edward Davey, the United Kingdom
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