Ben­e­fits to man­u­fac­tur­ers in­crease to­tal en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of prod­ucts by 21 per­cent

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MAINTENANCE MATTERS -

The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion’s re­design of the elec­tric­ity mar­ket and re­vi­sion of en­ergy la­belling for greater clar­ity is ex­pected to ben­e­fit the re­gion’s manufacturing industry by a 21 per­cent in­crease in to­tal en­ergy ef­fi­ciency of prod­ucts.

The pack­age is an im­por­tant step to­wards im­ple­ment­ing the En­ergy Union strat­egy with a for­ward look­ing cli­mate change pol­icy, launched as one of the po­lit­i­cal pri­or­i­ties of the Juncker Com­mis­sion in Fe­bru­ary 2015. The pro­pos­als give promi­nence to the “en­ergy ef­fi­ciency first” prin­ci­ple and put house­holds and busi­ness con­sumers at the heart of the Euro­pean en­ergy mar­ket. pil­lar strat­egy: 1. help­ing con­sumers save money and en­ergy through bet­ter in­for­ma­tion; 2. giv­ing con­sumers a wider choice of ac­tion when choos­ing their par­tic­i­pa­tion in en­ergy mar­kets and 3. Main­tain­ing the high­est level of con­sumer pro­tec­tion.

Con­sumers need to be­come just as well-in­formed and em­pow­ered as buy­ers and sell­ers on whole­sale mar­kets through clearer billing and ad­ver­tis­ing rules, trust­wor­thy price com­par­i­son tools and by lever­ag­ing their great bar­gain­ing power through col­lec­tive schemes (such as col­lec­tive switch­ing and en­ergy co­op­er­a­tives).

Fi­nally, con­sumers need to be free to gen­er­ate and con­sume their own en­ergy un­der fair con­di­tions in or­der to save money, help the en­vi­ron­ment, and en­sure se­cu­rity of sup­ply.

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