23 February 2012

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Digital Agenda: EU funded project helps citizens compare and reduce their energy consumption via TV, PC and social networks applications

Brussels, 17th February 2012 – Citizens and business often waste energy because they do not realise which appliances and lighting use the most energy. An EU-funded project tested in the United Kingdom and Bulgaria is helping to change that – showing consumers reduced energy usage by an average of 8% when provided with an "information dashboard" about their energy use.
The Digital Environment Home Energy Management System (DEHEMS) project shows that when a consumer receives more information about their energy use, and can share and compare this with neighbours and family, they are more likely to change their behaviour. The EU-funded system presents data every 6 seconds through a small digital display. The data can also be displayed in real time via a TV screen, mobile phone, PC or social media app.

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More information: DEHEMS websiteTop


The Energy Council discussed trans-European energy infrastructure

The first Energy Council under the Danish Presidency took place on 14th February 2012 in Brussels. The European Commission was represented by Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger. The Council started with an orientation debate on the Regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure. This debate was followed by an information point from the Presidency on the state of play of negotiations on the Proposal for a Directive on energy efficiency. The afternoon session started with a policy debate on the Europe 2020 strategy. The Presidency then informed the Member States on the state of play of negotiations on the Decision setting up an information exchange mechanism with regard to intergovernmental agreements between Member States and third countries in the field of energy. The Council meeting continued with information by the Presidency on the preparation of the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The Commission then gave an update on the recent developments in external relations in the field of energy and informed Member States on the activities of Electricity Coordination Group.


More information: Webpage of Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council



Europe and India signed Joint Declaration on Energy

In the margins of the EU-India Summit, on 10 February leaders adopted a Joint Declaration on Energy cooperation. The Joint declaration renews the firm commitment of both sides to enhance cooperation in the energy field, and identifies priority areas for mutually beneficial joint activity. This Declaration will streamline work. From now on the two parties will focus on a number of mutually beneficial topics such as clean coal, energy efficiency, energy safety, renewable energy and smart grids. The scope of the energy dialogue established in 2004 will thus extend to include energy security. With regard to resources, the Declaration aims at bringing together Europe (EU institutions, EU Member States and EU private actors) and India stakeholders to support India in its efforts towards a sustainable economy.
The EU – India energy partnership has now reached a mature level. Shared objectives include enhancing energy security and safety, promoting energy efficiency, and pursuing sustainable development through, inter alia, the development of clean and renewable energy sources. Energy is also an important pillar of both countries' long-term policies, namely the "Europe 2020 strategy" and the upcoming India "Five Year Plan". The EU and India are committed to foster their relationship in order to share best practices and move in parallel towards a low carbon economy, while ensuring for their citizens a sustainable, secure and affordable energy.

More information on EU-India Energy Cooperation on DG Energy website.

Read the Joint Declaration

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