This year’s sustainable energy week (EUSEW) focuses on consumers. And rightly so, since 2016 is the year when the EU’s Energy Union strategy should materialise into concrete legislative proposals.
The week will be an excellent networking opportunity to discuss consumer needs and expectations in the future energy market. If you want to find out how consumers can benefit from policies like eco-design, come and speak to us at EUSEW!
Monique Goyens, Director General of BEUC
We wish to hold a workshop in which we discuss the benefits of eco-designing household products for consumers – something which is not sufficiently addressed today. The BEUC team will also be around at other events related to renewable energy and to the design of the future energy market.
But let us recall what sustainable energy means. Sustainable energy is first about energy efficiency: the best way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is to cut the energy that isn’t needed. Europe needs to make major investments in the coming decades to ensure we run our homes, products and vehicles efficiently.
Sustainable energy also means a decarbonised road transport system. There need to be ambitious CO2 emission limit values for cars after 2021 and consumers must be aware of the real fuel consumption and emissions of their cars, not just the ones advertised.
And finally, sustainable energy means markets where all consumers have reliable and affordable access to clean energy. Consumers must be able to understand their energy bills and contracts: these are the basics! Only 30% of consumers strongly agree that it’s easy to compare energy offers today.
These are some of the reasons to get involved and there are plenty of opportunities to do so. For example, you can still compete for the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards by applying here before 9 March. You can also book a speaking slot or organise a session. In short, you can have your say in designing policies which take both consumer behaviour and their needs into account.