European Commission Clean Energy Package
AFEP’s position paper

Our member companies are already major players of the low-carbon economy and expect that the Clean Energy Package will help delivering the targets in line with the Paris agreement, while protecting their competitiveness.

AFEP’s comments and recommendations on this package mainly focus on the revisions of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), the Electricity Regulation and the proposed Regulation on the governance of the Energy Union.

In a nutshell, AFEP call for the following improvements of the Commission proposals: 

EU Energy and Climate policy

Ensure a better coordination between the EED and the ETS Directive

Energy Efficiency Directive (EED)

Clarify the procedure to set the energy efficiency target after 2030

Maintain the calculation principles of the current Directive

Maintain the current flexibilities to reach the energy saving target and extend the new Renewable Energy Sources (RES) flexibility

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)
Member States’ long-term renovation strategies should be built on a clear 2050 vision, and meet more specific requirements to ensure that they will be implemented “on the ground”
  • Clarify the meaning of “decarbonised building stock
  • Specify the elaboration process and content of the long-term renovation strategies, while ensuring intermediary milestones also for 2040 to reach 2050 objective in terms of building decarbonisation and intermediary five-year measures for technical building system
  • Specify the energy management in the scope of technical building systems

Include energy storage as a key part of an optimised distribution and use of energy

Maintain the promotion of high efficiency alternative systems for new and existing buildings

Support green mobility 

Electricity Regulation

Promote long-term supply contracts and long-term hedging opportunities to ensure electro-intensive industrial consumers’ predictability

AFEP also welcome the Regulation on Governance of the Energy Union, although it should respect the sovereignty of Member States on their energy mix.