Energy Efficiency High On Germany's Agenda

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The German government has swiftly approved a new package on energy savings, which it hopes will boost the economy with billions in investment, EurActiv Germany reports.
Last week the German government passed far-reaching energy policy resolutions, signing off on the first Energiewende Progress Report, the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency (NAPE) and the Action Programme on Climate Protection 2020.
Analysts say the unveiling of a new NAPE, in particular, reaffirms the country's goal of reducing energy use by 20% by 2020 and by 50% by 2050 - compared with 2008 levels – and promotes innovation around how energy is saved, as well as business models for new products and solutions.
NAPE is a three-pronged initiative which strives to advance energy efficiency in buildings, establish energy efficiency as an investment and business model, and increase self-responsibility for energy efficiency.
Henning Ellermann, energy efficiency market expert at Germany Trade & Invest, says the decision will be welcomed with open arms by the energy efficiency sector.
"The German government is sending a clear message that energy efficiency is not only central to the country's ambitious energy transition but also that energy efficiency represents a lucrative and dynamic industry it is keen to see develop," he said.
The announcement marks the arrival of a number of measures to be pursued immediately, including a new competitive tendering model that aims to support energy efficiency projects that generate the greatest energy savings for the lowest cost.
Financial support and tax reductions for energy efficient building refurbishments will also be pursued amid talks with the federal states, scheduled to conclude in February 2015.
Energiewende Progress Report part of Germany's energy efficiency program



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