Germany has set itself ambitious energy efficiency targets. By 2020, German primary energy consumption is to be reduced by at least 20 per cent compared with 2008. The German Federal Government formulated many new instruments and measures in the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NAPE).
In addition to proven instruments like funding programmes or information campaigns, NAPE intentionally contains ideas for new and innovative solutions. A high level of involvement by stakeholders makes sense when developing and designing them. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) established the Energy Efficiency Platform in July 2014 to involve stakeholders continuously and sustainably in the (continued) development of energy efficiency boosting instruments.
The objective of the Energy Efficiency Platform is to contribute to the national and European energy efficiency goals. To achieve this, the expertise of many different stakeholders is to be pooled and used to implement the strategies and instruments named in the National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NAPE) and develop further measures. Business, consumer and environmental associations, trade unions, energy agencies and national and state ministries are represented in the platform.
Together with the EEP (Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production) from the University of Stuttgart, dena – as the head office – is providing scientific and organisational support for the Energy Efficiency Platform. The Platform's head office supports BMWi, in particular in preparation, organisation and following up on working group meetings, plenary sessions and specialist events. It compiles working papers, edits statements, and serves as a central point of contact for questions and suggestions from all participants and other stakeholders (email@example.com). Central topics of the platform are energy services, contracting, energy saving laws, innovative financing instruments for energy efficiency, the competitive tender model as well as systematic matters.
Furthermore, the office also monitors the consultation process for the Green Paper on Energy Efficiency, which compiles theses, analyses, and central questions on the core spheres of activity and challenges for the further medium- to long-term alignment of future energy efficiency policy. This consultation process is to be closely linked with the existing stakeholder processes for energy efficiency as part of the Energy Efficiency Platform.
The consultation process will take place in autumn 2016 and consist of the following elements:
The commission is set to run until 30/11/2016 with an extension option.
For detailed information on the project, please visit www.bmwi.de