News & Press
26. October 2015

eu.bac Press Release The missed opportunity for triggering annual energy bill savings of more than €20 billion

 

eu.bac urges the Commission and the Ecodesign Consultation Forum members to support the further investigation of building automation and control systems by having them included in the Ecodesign Work Plan 2015-2017.

A lot for building automation control systems in non-residential buildings has been highly recommended by the consultant in 2014[i] to be included in the Ecodesign Work Plan 2015-2017. It could result in final energy consumption annual savings of more than 200 TWh (several times higher than many product groups selected for Ecodesign regulations in the past) and annual energy bill savings of more than €20 billion.[ii]

According to the same studyii, the optimal application of building automation and control systems would cost roughly €6 billion per year. This represents the amount the EU pays in less than 1 week on energy imports. (Latest data shows that the EU imported 53% of its energy at a cost of around €400 billion)[iii]

Even though the potential energy savings for building automation and control systems are not intrinsic, this would only follow the continuous evolution of Ecodesign and Energy Labelling from “energy using products” to “energy related products”. The extended product approach increasingly means looking at systems rather than just the products on their own.

The Ecodesign work plan for the years 2015-2017 should be presented as part of the Circular Economy Package by the end of 2015. It will outline the Commission's working priorities for 2015-2017. The Ecodesign Consultation Forum is convened on 28 October 2015.

For detailed information please check eu.bac`s Position Paper on the Ecodesign Work Plan 2015-2017.

[i] BIO by Deloitte, Preparatory Study to establish the Ecodesign Work Plan 2015-2017, 2014; http://www.ecodesign-wp3.eu/

[ii] Waide Strategic Efficiency Limited, The scope for energy and CO2 savings in the EU through the use of building automation technology, 13 June 2014; http://neu.eubac.org/fileadmin/eu.bac/BACS_studies_and_reports/2014.06.13_Waide_ECI_-_Energy_and_CO2_savings_BAT.pdf

[iii] COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT, THE COUNCIL, THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COMMITTEE, THE COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS AND THE EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK A Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy /* COM/2015/080 final */ http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=COM:2015:80:FIN