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Energy Efficiency Directive – proposed guidance on cost benefit analysis

Energy Efficiency is one of the headline targets of the European Union. The Energy Efficiency Directive establishes a common framework of measures for the promotion of energy efficiency within the EU. One aim is to ensure that energy is used more efficiently at all stages of the energy chain

One Article in the Directive is Article 14, which encourages the identification of cost-effective potential for delivering energy efficiency.

This consultation is specifically about the Energy Efficiency Directive Articles 14(5)–(8) (Promotion of efficiency in heating and cooling). This clause has the overall objective to promote efficiency in heating and cooling through requirements on developers of certain installations.

These installations, above 20MW thermal input, will need to consider the opportunities for developing co-generation, recovering waste heat and supplying heat to district heating and cooling networks. This includes requirements in relation to a cost-benefit analysis for such installations.

Natural Resources Wales is working with the Environment Agency on consulting on proposed guidance, along with a spreadsheet, on how to undertake such a cost-benefit analysis. The purpose of this consultation is to share and gather feedback on the draft guidance and spreadsheet, and views on these are welcomed.

The result of this consultation will inform future revisions to guidance on energy efficiency under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010.

Following this consultation, Natural Resources Wales and the Environment Agency will jointly consider the consultation responses to inform its subsequent guidance, seeking to ensure a common approach for Wales and England.

How to respond:

Please submit your comments directly via consultation materials that are available on the Environment Agency website, or if you prefer by:

Email:

energyefficiencydirective@cyfoethnaturiolcymru.gov.uk

Post:

Regulated Industry (Energy Efficiency Directive)
Business, Regulation and Economics
Floor 2
Natural Resources Wales
Ty Cambria
29 Newport Road
Cardiff
CF24 0TP

Please submit your comments by 11th April 2014.

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