Title: Energy efficiency services for residential buildings: market situation and existing potentials in the European Union
Citation: JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION vol. 109 no. Special Issue: Toward a Regenerative Sustainability Paradigm for the Built Environment: from vision to reality p. 284-295
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC80233
ISSN: 0959-6526
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652615002036
DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2015.02.077
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Although a substantial economic energy saving potential exists in the residential sector of the European Union, the energy efficiency service (EES) market is much less developed in this market segment than in other demand sectors (e.g. the industry or the public/service sector). This paper presents an analysis of the current situation and existing potentials for future expansion. A specific analysis methodology has been developed and applied by a research consortium in 18 EU countries. This methodology has mostly built upon an extensive review of the existing literature and on interviews of a large number of acknowledged experts. Its application has allowed identifying encouraging development trends in specific market segments where the possibility of aggregating the EES demand or of exploiting good relationships with customers have created interesting investment opportunities. These trends have been observed in particular in Germany, Denmark, France, Flanders (BE), Hungary, Romania and UK. The assessment performed has also allowed discussing a series of strategies and policy measures that can be adopted to overcome existing barriers to market development. The general conclusion drawn in the paper is that energy efficiency policies supporting EES markets in the residential sector are highly needed. Although EU policies have typically a limited direct impact, they can increase trust into EESs and EES providers. At the national level, a stronger collaboration of governments or local administrations with banks to finance EESs is still very necessary in many EU countries.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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