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                                     EUSEW AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Brewery Goess, with its inspiring    building stock is an important       which can be more easily fed into
example of brewing green and         element in this context.             the grid.
sustainable beer with the support    Furthermore, with our proposals,
of hydropower, biomass district      buildings will not be passive        District heating is another perfect
heating and solar thermal energy     objects that consume energy,         example where energy efficiency
on its production premises. With     but will become an active part of    gains can be garnered in both
their vision of becoming the first   our energy system, by producing      energy generation and energy
major beer brewery to reduce         and storing renewable energy         use. The EU’s Energy Efficiency
CO2 emissions to nearly zero,        onsite. Smart buildings are also     Directive currently focuses on
Green Brewery Goess shows us         broadly recognised as a major        the technological and economic
that sustainability is increasingly  enabler of future smart and          aspects: it requires all Member
becoming a key priority for          renewable-intensive energy           States to analyse how much of
businesses all over Europe.          grids. Smart buildings can           their heating needs could be met
                                     help not only to adapt energy        by district heating. The proposal
As such, EUSEW takes on a vital      behaviour to the situation of the    of the Clean Energy package
role in the realisation of the       energy grid, but also maintain       goes a step further: We now also
EU’s Energy Union. The most          or improve the comfort and           focus on consumers of district
important step in this direction     lifestyle of those that live in      heating by requiring Member
was taken last November when         them. However, the uptake of         States to offer clearer and more
the European Commission              smart technologies for buildings     frequent information on the
published the Clean Energy for       needs to be stimulated. This is      energy consumed for heating,
All Europeans Package. With the      why our proposal for amending        especially for multi-apartment
proposals on the table, energy       the Energy Performance of            buildings.
efficiency has been put first, the   Buildings Directive introduces a
objective of becoming global         smart indicator that will reliably   Finally, energy transmission
leader in renewable energies has     quantify the capabilities of         and distribution networks can
been confirmed, and the package      buildings in terms of connectivity   become more energy efficient by
is also aimed at providing a fair    and intelligence, focusing on        reducing electricity losses, gas
deal for all European consumers.     three areas: energy optimisation,    leaks and compression losses and
                                     interaction with building users,     by adapting to a growing share
The first goal is actually very      and participation in demand-         of renewable energy generation.
simple – energy that is not          response schemes. This indicator     An upgraded electricity grid will
consumed does not pollute and        will raise awareness of the added    help to minimize curtailment,
does not need to be imported!        value of smart technologies and      harmonise divergent generation
Thus, placing energy efficiency      will encourage cost-effective        and consumption patterns,
first on our agenda will play the    investments in smartness, leading    improve stability and security, and
most important role in decreasing    to a circle of improvement of the    promote cross border balancing.
greenhouse gas emissions. In         EU building stock.
this context, as part of the Clean                                        The Commission will not be able
Energy package, the Commission       We are also enabling and             to do all this alone, but we will
is proposing to increase the         empowering consumers                 need engagement from all parts
ambition level for energy            to become more active. By            of society. And to do this, we
efficiency and to have a target of   encouraging smart metering,          need to raise awareness of the
30% binding at EU level for 2030.    consumers will be increasingly       challenges and opportunities
                                     equipped to better follow and        ahead. This is why I am looking
We place particular importance       adapt their energy consumption       forward to many great sustainable
on the buildings sector as it        to the energy market price. It will  energy projects and ideas,
accounts for almost half of          also become easier for them to       presented at the EUSEW 2017!
Europe’s energy consumption.         participate in the clean energy      Meanwhile, I invite you to
Significantly speeding up            transition themselves by investing   discover the EUSEW at:
renovation rates of Europe’s         in their own energy production, l
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