2011 Energy Efficiency Indicator: Europe Results
European Decision Makers Take More Interest and More Action
Building executives in Europe are showing more interest and taking more action on energy efficiency, but financial and organizational barriers are holding back progress on efficiency improvements. That’s a key finding from the Institute for Building Efficiency’s fifth annual Energy Efficiency Indicator survey.
The 857 European survey respondents cited rising energy prices, concern for energy security, and expectations of more government policies that mandate energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions as reasons to pursue more building efficiency projects. However, progress is limited because organizations tend to rely on their own strained budgets for capital, and because they lack staff expertise to carry our projects.
New strategies, technologies and approaches are emerging as barriers to energy efficiency improvements are understood and addressed. Significantly, the EEI survey showed that respondents who have paid for energy projects with external funding are less likely to identify lack of capital as a barrier to efficiency, have implemented more energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, and have pursued more “deep savings” projects, such as renewable energy and building envelope improvements.
Among other key findings from the EEI survey in Europe:
• 83% of respondents had energy usage or carbon reduction goals.
• 79% expected energy prices to increase.
• 75% expected new energy or greenhouse gas reduction policies to emerge at the national level.
• 32% had certified at least one green building.
• 91% had adopted at least one energy measure.
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