Saving energy, a European challenge of varying scale

Changing light bulbs may save a lot of energy [shutterstock]

Several EU member states, including France, have chosen to implement laws that would allow the trading of energy saving certificates, an important shift towards saving energy.

The mechanism is being set up in France, where prices of certificates are under pressure because of a strong increase in demand. The recent multiplication of devices allowing for certificates to be generated, like recent efforts to encourage biking, should nonetheless support the supply.

In Poland, Italy and the UK, markets are promising but would also deserve a more extensive regulatory mechanism to foster the interest of the financial sector, which could easily develop the system further.

workshop on energy saving certificates organised by eceee in partnership with GEO PLC and with support from RAP, the Regulatory Assistance Project took place in Paris on 25 April.

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