Energy Savings Certificates: 31.9 billion kWh has been avoided since 2006

Energy Savings Certificates: 31.9 billion kWh has been avoided since 2006

Consequently, in the sole year 2011, savings resulting from actions, which have been carried out since 2006, led to reduce 15.3 billion kWh energy’s requirement compared to the underlying situation preceding 2006, that is to say, 1.9% of the annual consumption of the residential andtertiary sector. This corresponds to the annual average consumption of 1.285.000 housing.

Altogether, since 2006, 8 million tonnes of Co² have been saved (1), with 3.9 million tonnes in 2011, so be it 3.9% of 2011 French residential andtertiary sector emissions. After having widely overtaken the energy savings targets; fixed for the period 2006 - 2009 (65.2 TWh cumac vs 54 TWh cumac) (2), the setting up, which has been defined since May 2012 by the Energy Climate department (DGEC) gathering stakeholders under the device (obliged energy suppliers, local authorities, etc.), must allow to portray the outline of a more efficient device for the next period (2014-2016). This later’s goal should be set by the end of 2012.

What is as an ESC?

Since 2006, (the “obliged”) energy suppliers must succeed in carrying out or making energy savings: either by involving their own actions, or by implementing energy savings programs at their customers. Thus, each obliged supplier has a definite encrypted target for each saved cumac kWh, and he must have on its account the amount of ESC required by the administration. If an energy supplier does not fulfill his obligations, then he has to pay a penalty proportional to the number of missing kWh cumac. 

Other eligible parties (like local authorities, the National Agency for Housing (ANAH) and social landlords) can also implement actions and benefit from ESC if they realize energy savings or incite their customers to do so.In this case, they can resell their ESC to energy suppliers. The scheme works by three-year periods, moving ahead with more ambitious long-term goals:

• The first period: mid 2006-mid 2009, objective: 54 TWh cumac

• Transition, mid 2009-2010: No obligation 

• The second period: 2011-2013: objective: 345 TWh cumac

• The third period: 2014-2016: objective to be defined

On the occasion of its technical conferences focused on the ESC, occurring on 18and 19 September 2012 in Paris, the ADEME will present the results and prospects of this henceforth European device to companies - professionalized in energy or not – and to local authorities as well. Alternating plenary sessions, round-tables and sectoral workshops will allow to honor the feedbacks of different stakeholders and to discuss the possible developments of the coming period 2014-2016.

The assessment of this energy savings’ deposit would allow to consider an obligation of 900 TWh cumac for the third period, and also to fulfill the target, set by the energy efficiency directive, to achieve 1.5% of energy savings per year.