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Electra Workshop was held in Sofia on 7 April
Brussels (14 April) ¨C On 7 April, CENELEC co-organized with its cooperating partner, ORGALIME, a one-day Workshop on ¡°Electra: Doing Business with Energy Efficiency¡± at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria, with the support of their respective Bulgarian Members, BDS and BASSEL.
The Electra workshop on doing business with energy efficiency is an interactive platform for the exchange of good practices and ideas amongst industry, manufacturers, specialists and experts in standardization. Top level speakers from the industry illustrated the Electra recommendations by showing best practices in fields such as power generation, transmission & distribution, smart meters, green data centers, smart lighting markets, and buildings & industry.
 
Along with its constant pledge to contribute to a sustainable world, CENELEC committed to the promotion of the Electra Recommendations (*), standardization being a real added-value to help companies achieve energy efficiency.
 
The Electra seminar is a cooperation project between CENELEC, its cooperating partner ORGALIME (The European Engineering Industries Association representing the interests of the Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Metalworking & Metal Articles Industries) and their Bulgarian members. It aims at raising awareness of CEOs and industry decision-makers on the benefits of standardization as a strategic tool for businesses to secure a competitive advantage on an ever more global market by capitalizing on energy efficiency.
 
The workshop was moderated by Mr. David Dossett, CENELEC¡¯s Vice-President and Director of BEAMA, the Association for the Electrical Industry in the UK, and Mr. Philippe Portalier, Senior Adviser at ORGALIME, the European Engineering Industries Association.
 
During the seminar, Mr. Dossett emphasized the growing importance of Electra initiative today with the persisting crisis, pointing out how Electra can be a driver for innovation. He highlighted different elements to better achieve energy efficiency in Europe:
 
- The European Union has to support more research, not only finding solutions theoretically but also deploying solutions;
 
- Need to spread best practices and find a way to measure achievements. These measurements need to be standardized;
 
- Set up incentives schemes to make new investments;
 
- Need for education: Members States have a responsibility to ensure companies and consumers are educated. Public projects should become examples of best practice plan.
 
Addressing the issue of smart grids (power generation, transport and distribution of electricity), Mr. Monizza underlined the role standards could play in transmission and distribution by helping interconnecting the systems. Without interconnection, the only use of new technologies to reach energy efficiency will be equivalent to ¡°building cathedrals in the desert¡±.
 
Dr. Howard Porter, speaker on smart meters, raised the fact that consumers should be able to see what energy they consume so they can better understand and learn to manage their consumption. Common standards are needed, otherwise the utility system will not work. Therefore, the ESOs received a mandate on smart metering from the Commission (¡°in the field of measuring instruments for the development of an open architecture for utility meters involving communication protocols enabling interoperability¡±) that is very ambitious and makes smart meters a key challenge for the future.
 
Mr. Rouyer speaking on green data centers stated that measurement and assessment is a key issue. Without standardized assessment and monitoring, there is no room for improvement. The aim on green data centers is to have one reference and one standard. Standardization allows avoiding manipulation or interpretation.
 
Mr. Andrew Sloan on ¡°reducing consumption in buildings¡± gave the example of ¡°Energy Performing Certificates¡± in the UK as an incentive that can help change behaviours and which could be applied in other European countries.
 
Dr. Mrotzek on a ¡°concrete case study on energy efficiency and the implementation of the Ecodesign Directive¡± deplored that too often regulations become operational before  harmonized standards are ready. Better synchronization would be welcome.
 
Mr. Schwarcz on ¡°smart lighting market and technology opportunity¡± reminded of the phasing out of incandescent lamp with a performance under ¡°C¡± by the end of this year.
 
The debates following the different presentations highlighted that technology is most of the time already existing and available, and that in fields such as house appliances and transport, energy efficiency could be achieved by 25 or 30 per cent (sometimes even more), going far beyond the 20 per cent EU target. European industry is already doing a state-of-the-art technology around the globe. Solutions exist and there is room for improvement.
 
It was commonly agreed that both industries and regulators have efforts to make. The first on raising more their voice at the political level, convincing politicians, governments of the importance of a sustainable energy system, the latter on developing concrete action.
Better informing consumers; educate a new generation of technicians; foster industries to change products and systems to energy efficiency like it is being done for consumers; detaxation or tax cuts; immediate awareness of costs¡¯ impact (measurement of costs), and key role of standardization were some of the elements raised during the Electra Workshop. Focus must be on regulation, enforcement, investment and awareness.
The next European Council Summit under the Czech Presidency will show which follow-up the European Commission intends to give to the Electra conclusions.
Presentations given at the Electra workshop will be soon available at www.electra2020.eu
   
 
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