Ed’s note: World Energy Day passes largely unnoticed


The World Energy Day (WED), observed annually on 22 October to raise awareness of global energy-related issues, seems to have passed largely unnoticed and unobserved yesterday. The purpose of WED is to rally stakeholders around the need to create and implement policies for the increase of energy efficiency and energy conservation.

In recognition and acknowledgment of that purpose, we thought we’d highlights efforts globally ourselves.

  • In a recent survey conducted by E.ON and KantarEMNID, it was revealed that Romania is one of Europe’s least energy intensive countries, with annual consumption of 18,515kWh per head each year. Second and third places go to Turkey and Hungary, with annual consumption of 19,271 and 28,296 kWh respectively. Those questioned in the survey believed – entirely incorrectly – that these places would go to Denmark (16%) and Germany (11%).
  • E.ON have also just recently launched a funding scheme for its UK consumers. In conjunction with BNP Paribas Personal Finance, the scheme is intended to provide access to funding for the 19 million homes in the UK that have not had the opportunity to retrofit with energy-saving technologies. This is part of a bigger UK government initiative called the Energy Efficient Mortgage Action Plan – part of the government’s plans to achieve its Clean Growth Strategy to improve consumer efficiency and reducing energy costs and carbon emissions.
  • SUSI, on behalf of its SUSI Energy Efficiency Fund (SEEF) has partnered with Luneos to increase energy efficiency in Poland.  SEEF and Luneos signed a framework agreement for the financing of Light-as-a-Service (LaaS) projects in Poland with a volume of up to 30 million euros.
  • The ACEEE has welcomed the release of the International Energy Agency’s Energy Efficiency 2018 report. The report underscores efficiency’s critical role in meeting greenhouse gas reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement and highlights the disappointing news that efficiency investments have slightly decreased in the United States and China. Findings of the energy efficiency report include a 2% increase in the global energy demand 2% in 2017. The increase indicates a need for a significant increase in efficiency policies and programmes in both emerging and established economies.

What energy efficiency programmes are you part of? What is your utility doing to drive efficiency both within your network and across your consumer value chain?

We’d love to hear!

Speaking of energy efficiency, European Utility Week, now two weeks away, will provide insights into how the drive for energy efficiency is impacting commercial and industrial energy users, along with why digitalisation across the energy ecosystem will impact not only energy efficiency but also network efficiencies. If you haven’t already done so, register for #EUW18 now and become part of the conversation to accelerate the clean energy transition.

Until next time!