2013 EEI Survey: Interest in energy management and net zero energy rise in Europe
The seventh annual Energy Efficiency Indicator survey from the Institute for Building Efficiency drew more than 3,000 respondents from 10 countries, including 911 from Europe. The survey measures trends in energy priorities and practices among decision-makers responsible for energy use in buildings. Here are the key findings from European survey respondents:
The importance of energy management continued to rise – 83 percent ranked energy management as extremely or very important.
Germany saw a 13 percent increase in energy efficiency investments over 2012, but a 5 percent decline in renewable energy investments.
European respondents favored energy efficiency policies that provide financial incentives and low-interest financing.
Interest in green building certification and net zero energy buildings was rising: 70 percent of respondents said they intended to achieve nearly zero, net zero or positive energy status for at least one facility.