No energy transition without energy efficiency

Improving energy efficiency is key to a successful energy transition. The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NAPE) contains important instruments and measures

to save energy in industry, trade, households, transportation and in other sectors. dena is working on other strategies as well, for instance as part of the Energy Efficiency Platform.

Statistics & facts

13.306 PJ
was the final energy consumption
in the Federal Republic of Germany
appr 14000
certified energy consultants
listed in dena’s database of energy efficiency experts
12 %
market share held by German companies
of the global energy efficiency market in 2013
18
billions of euros.
According to NAPE, efficiency measures can contribute to a reduction in energy costs by 2020
Energy efficiency

No energy transition without energy efficiency.

The energy transition calls for innovation and a fresh mindset. Our current level of energy consumption must be halved as quickly as possible. And it is imperative to satisfy this demand using regenerative energy sources that protect our climate and environment. The energy transition will be more successful if we use electricity, heat and fuel efficiently.

If we are serious about largely abandoning fossil fuels and halting the rise in environmental costs, we must start investing today – for instance in regenerative energy sources, energy-efficient products and systems, and in energy-efficient building and refurbishment . Besides achieving the objectives defined in the energy transition itself, an energy-efficient approach has other benefits as well: if buildings use less heating and cars less fuel, consumers, companies and public institutions can all cut energy costs and reduce 2 CO2 emissions.

The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NAPE) and its core objectives

The National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NAPE) defines current instruments and measures to achieve these objectives. In addition to proven instruments like funding programmes or information campaigns, NAPE consciously includes ideas for new and innovative solutions. The industrial and business sectors, private households, the transport sector and other areas are all of equal importance. The Action Plan has three main objectives: To increase energy efficiency in buildings. To establish energy efficiency as a profitable investment and a business model. To increase a sense of personal responsibility for energy efficiency.

Although Germany has made some progress in energy efficiency over recent years, the development in primary energy consumption shows that there is significant potential for further savings in all areas. Currently, energy consumption is only stagnating. So increased efforts will be needed to achieve the objectives.

Energy efficiency made in Germany

In addition, Germany is poor in natural resources, so the economic potential of energy-efficient solutions is a significant factor. This is because energy efficiency does more than just lower energy costs, it also reduces the capital outflow to countries that export fossil energies. The bottom line is more money available for investments in Germany. In turn, this strengthens the position of German companies as providers of pioneering products, systems and services for “energy efficiency made in Germany”. Energy efficiency is therefore more than a supporting pillar of the energy transition, it also possesses immense significance for the competitiveness of the German economy on international markets.

Society is also responsible for achieving the efficiency objectives.

Not only is the energy transition a question of technology, know-how and capital. The commitment of the general public also plays an essential role. We are all responsible for the success of this project, whether as politicians, businesspeople or private individuals. The success of the energy transition is decided as much by the construction of new electricity lines, gas power stations, electricity storage units and off-shore wind farms as it is in cellar boiler rooms, electronics shops and car dealerships. To ensure a successful energy transition, it is imperative to develop convincing new ideas and strategies and to appeal to all of the actors within the energy transition. Seeking to develop and establish these ideas on the efficiency market, dena initiates networks, centres of expertise and motivational campaigns, that advocate greater energy efficiency.

The Energy Efficiency Platform as an example: how dena provides support

Lively communication, individual consulting and a forward-looking debate are all needed to make the necessary information available at all of these points. dena is the right partner here. For instance, dena developed the so-called Service for Experts to provide architects, engineers, energy consultants and trades firms with a central repository containing all of the available information on energy-efficient building and refurbishment, as well as helpful tools for everyday tasks and tips for dealing with clients, therefore providing experts with the easiest possible access to all of the relevant information. After all, energy-efficient buildings will automatically become more successful if the experts provide outstanding services.

dena also runs the campaign office, ensuring scientific and organisational support for the Energy Efficiency Platform. The initiative was created by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The aim is to exploit the expertise of the many different stakeholders as a contribution to achieving the national and European energy efficiency objectives. Business, consumer and environmental associations, trade unions, energy agencies and national and state ministries are represented on the platform.

Our projects

geea – “Allianz für Gebäude-Energie-Effizienz” (Alliance for Building Energy Efficiency)

The “Allianz für Gebäude-Energie-Effizienz” (geea) – “Alliance for Building Energy Efficiency” is a cross-sector consortium of leading enterprises and associations in the field of energy efficiency in buildings.

Overview

  • Project start: 2011
  • Positions and dialogue for greater energy efficiency
  • Implementation of numerous events
  • Participation in various dialogue formats
  • 2016: 5th anniversary
  • 2016: almost 40 members

Energy Efficiency Platform Office

The Energy Efficiency Platform by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) brings together key stakeholders, to discuss and develop instruments and measures to increase energy efficiency in Germany.

Overview

  • Project start: January 2015
  • Project term: until 30/11/2018
  • Client: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy
  • As part of a consortium with the Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production (EEP) of the University of Stuttgart.

Ideas competition of BMU

The competition “RE:frame energy efficiency. New ideas for climate-friendly buildings” is part of the climate protection action plan which sets out strategic goals and measures for achieving the energy policy goals by 2020.

Overview

  • Project start: November 2016
  • On behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), carried out by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI)
  • Project term: 24 months
  • Project partners: EUMB Pöschk, mcQuadrat

Individual refurbishment roadmap for residential buildings

The individual refurbishment road map for residential buildings presents the coordinated steps of an energy-efficient refurbishment process. Together with consortium partners, dena is developing an overall methodology for this purpose.

Overview

  • Project start: July 2015
  • Consortium consisting of: dena, ifeu, PHI
  • Client: BMWi
  • Documents developed: Booklets "My refurbishment road map" and "Implementation aid for your measures" for homeowners, brief instructions and manual for energy consultants.

Campaign “zukunft haus” (“future house”).

What was originally conceived of as a portal for informing and motivating owners in 2003 has now developed into an extensive campaign and a mainstay for stakeholders from the industry and politicians, as well as for the press.

Overview

  • Project start: 2003
  • Over 9,000 newsletter subscribers
  • Approx. 30,000 press reports with a total reach (circulation) of 1.2 billion
  • Turnover of more than 6.3 million information brochures
  • Free hotline: over 100,000 questions on energy efficiency in buildings
  • Website: (consumer) information tailored specifically for a particular target group; over 8 million visitors on central internet platform

Informationsplattform Pkw

Mit der Informationsplattform Pkw informiert die dena Verbraucher über die Themen Energieeffizienz im Verkehr sowie zu Fahrzeugen mit alternativen Antrieben und alternativen Kraftstoffen. Zudem dient die Plattform als zentrale Informationsquelle für Fahrzeughändler und andere Verpflichtete zur Umsetzung der Pkw-EnVKV und des Pkw-Labels.

Overview

  • Projektstart: 2011
  • Projektziel: Verbraucherinformation zu den Themen energieeffiziente Pkw, Fahrzeuge mit alternativen Antrieben und alternativen Kraftstoffen sowie dem neuen Messverfahren WLTP. Zudem Informationsbereitstellung für Fahrzeughändler und weitere Verpflichtete zur Umsetzung der Pkw-EnVKV und des Pkw-Labels.
  • Gefördert durch das Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie

Energy Efficiency Networks

In the context of the Campaign, the German Federal Government has agreed with 22 associations and organisations to establish around 500 new energy efficiency networks by end of 2020.

Overview

  • Project duration: 2015 - 2020
  • Partners: BMWi and BMU + 22 industrial associations
  • Project objective: 500 networks by end of 2020:
  • Project objective: 75 PJ in primary energy savings
  • Project objective: 5 million-tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

 

Flagships for waste heat

The project "Flagships of Energy-Efficient Waste Heat Use" intends to make visible the significant energy-efficiency potential through the avoidance and utilisation of waste heat — thereby motivating companies in all industries to tap into this potential.

Overview

  • Starting year of the project: 2016
  • Number of participants: dena will provide comprehensive assistance to up to 10 companies, which will be presented as flagship projects in public relations campaigns.
  • Duration of the project: 2 years
  • Objective: Process consulting and funding advice for 10 flagship projects for the energy-efficient use of waste heat; presentation in public relations campaigns

Leuchttürme CO2-Einsparung in der Industrie

13 Industrieunternehmen zeigen als erfolgreiche Praxisbeispiele, wie die Energieeffizienz gesteigert und die Emissionen gesenkt werden können.

Overview

  • Projektlaufzeit: bis Ende 2022
  • Partner: 13 Industrieunternehmen
  • Partnerverbände: BDG, BV Glas, IK und VCI
  • Die dena begleitet und unterstützt bei der Umsetzung von Maßnahmen zur Energie- und CO2-Einsparung
  • Gefördert vom Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie (BMWi)

LNG-Taskforce und Initiative Erdgasmobilität

Die dena koordiniert und moderiert die Initiative Erdgasmobilität und LNG-Taskforce als zentraler, branchenübergreifender Ansprechpartner für Erdgas und erneuerbares Methan als Kraftstoff in Deutschland. Sie unterstützt damit das Ziel der Bundesregierung, den Anteil von Erdgas am Kraftstoffmix auf vier Prozent zu steigern und die Klimaziele des Verkehrs bis 2030 zu erreichen. Im Jahr 2015 hat die dena gemeinsam mit dem DVGW und Zukunft Erdgas die LNG-Taskforce gegründet.

Overview

  • Projektstart 2011
  • September 2018: Übergabe eines Empfehlungskatalogs an das BMVI
  • Projektziel: Etablierung von LNG als Kraftstoff im Straßengüterverkehr
  • Schirmherrschaft: Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur