What remains from former stages when structuring Energy Efficiency strategies?
Whenever you decided (or were invited) to get involved in the process of energy efficiency initiatives within an organization (let´s say «system») it is very likely that you already ran your initial attempts with an extraordinary variety of results.
Sustained action in the field of energy efficiency at present times ought to consider the relationship with a continuously growing field which is called to be far beyond the traditional (and critical) focus dealing with:
- energy security,
- energy savings,
- and technical development approachs.
While being this rapidly changing environment in many of the cases the result of strong yet difusse inputs coming from the sustainability needs and emissions reduction targets.
– Energy efficiency is already a full new body of knowledge. Setting up the right connections with other knowledge areas becomes a key factor for effective wealth creation
– There is an urgent need to overcome energy efficiency as a concept exclusively devoted to deliver energy savings but as a mean supporting an enormous variety of areas of activity: technology deployment, economic competitiveness, the full energy sector expansion and renewables integration, as well as the building and industrial sectors evolving to improve their business and social performance
– For the last decade a strong deployment of regulatory initiatives have already drafted scenarios in which effective energy efficiency standards, codes and regulations can be framed and effectively developed (i.e. in Europe: Energy Efficiency Directive, Ecodesign Directive, Energy Labelling Directive, Energy Performance of Buildings Directive).
– The need for specific analytic tools and methodologies delivering in finer and more accurate performance indicators remains when looking at better results in coalition with financial mechanisms that enable and aggregate the economic potential output of energy efficiency by releasing investments at the required level
– Structuring administrative bodies and agencies, organizational and operational teams, as well as clustering the new participants in the energy sector will deliver in more competitiveness and faster achievement of excellence while facilitating the information society to contribute and staying connected; but yet:
– What are the outcomes that economy ought to receive from energy efficiency achievements?
– What is the progress of energy efficiency when supporting energy security?
– How will new dynamics in the energy sector and others deliver in a more resilient energy system?
Different answers should keep on leading the path to new areas of research and innovation on energy efficiency management, also paving the way to smart grids, distributed energy technologies and energy storage solutions as a key factor for the successful implementation of initiatives ambitioning to raise energy autonomy and level of independence.