8 EEJ 5 (2018-2019)

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August recess is over. Brussels is back at work.
A record heatwave in Europe caused crop
losses, forest fires, fish deaths and has spurred
heated discussions over whether rapid gov-
ernment  intervention is required: are climate
targets sufficient, do we need to act faster, are
the right tools in place?

An unusually warm autumn  has followed the
hot summer  and the Austrian Presidency of
the Council of the EU has several important
files to manage before its conclusion at the
end of the year. As usual we provide you with a
state of play of Europe's energy policy dossiers.

Commission  President Juncker announced in
his State of the Union address that the Euro-
pean Commission  has proposed that we stop
flipping between summer and wintertime and
stick to something permanent. This timeline
is conditional on the European Parliament and
the Council adopting the Commission's pro-
posal by March 2019 at the latest. To remind
us: European countries introduced the sum-
mertime in the last century to save energy,
particularly in times of war or during the oil
crisis of the 1970s. In 2018 however, changing
our clocks has become much less relevant, with
studies suggesting that energy savings are now
minimal and citizens increasingly complaining


about negative health impacts. A vast majority
of EU citizens therefore want to scrap daylight
savings rules.

How  about improving industrial energy effi-
ciency instead? Simon Moser, Karl-Heinz Leit-
ner, Valerie Rodin and Horst Steinmtiller dis-
cuss energy efficiency in the energy-intensive
industry and existing barriers to it, optimism
around the opportunity and the associated
R&D  needs. The authors conclude significant
effort is needed in order to comply with the
EU's 2050 targets and the Paris agreement.

The adoption of the Paris agreement will test
the ability of society, government and business
to work together. Josefina Lindblom takes a
closer look at the critical role of the building
sector in addressing these complex issues.
The European Commission  sees in sustainable
buildings, together with the construction and
real estate sectors, huge potential in helping
to achieve the set targets and has therefore de-
veloped Level(s), a voluntary assessment and
reporting framework to improve the sustaina-
bility of buildings. The author explains in detail
this regional framework and invites building
professionals to take part in its test phase.

Mikolaj Jasiak's contribution on energy com-
munities in the Clean Energy Package (CEP)

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