During this year’s EU Sustainable Energy Week in Brussels for the first time the energy efficiency deployment process will be discussed from the SE European perspective.
The SEE region is overly dependent on carbon-intensive coal and emits nearly 30 percent more CO2 to supply one unit of energy, relative to the EU27 average and remains highly dependent on imports of crude oil, petroleum products, natural gas, and transformed electricity.
There are tremendous opportunities for new businesses and jobs in the whole energy efficiency landscape. The whole community and customers can extensively benefit from these projects.
The area of energy industry is nowadays considered one of the foundations that enable quality of life and well-being of the people and the society. In this context, it is necessary to ensure conditions for reliable and environmentally sound supply of energy and energy services to consumers.
For achieving this the EU standards and predictable regulatory framework shall be met. That is the prerequisite for the private sector to enter the SE European markets and for them to provide services and products that increase energy efficiency and savings. It would also allow the financial sector to support the energy efficiency projects like energy performance contracting on a bigger scale.
The session titled Meeting 2020 and 2030 goals in South East Europe: The business case and job opportunities in energy efficiency is thus very well structured and will bring together the relevant stakeholders with one agenda – how to reduce energy inefficiency, how to develop new businesses and how the customers can benefit in SE Europe.