Activity Report: Energy Efficiency: Key to Social and Economic Security

The main messages from the forum were based on how energy efficiency is key to […]

The main messages from the forum were based on how energy efficiency is key to solving many social and economic problems and what measures can be taken to use efficiency to its full potential.

  • There are some big gains to be made in Latvia, especially in the housing sector, however there is a huge problem of trust in efficiency measures, often due to negative publicity. More local awareness schemes and better incentives and opportunities for consumers and the private sector could help improve this. Trust can be generated also through using well-known household brands and use of quality marks to launch new products.
  • Cooperative schemes and association schemes are seen as positive, although there is also a need to attract private investors too in order for the schemes to be successful, this is done through state guarantees.
  • Apartment owners are wary of carrying out renovation and decisions often have to be taken by the whole building which slows things down. Therefore issues of the surrounding framework need to be addresses such as ownership structures, building codes, property law and planning requirements.
  • Sharing ideas and experiences at European level as well as establishing incentives can push forward energy efficiency measures and this together then with social measures.
  • More efficiency measures that are taken, the more and better technology will be deployed and bring down prices and save energy.
  • Addressing energy efficiency can clearly help fuel poverty.
  • In Latvia the 2012 EU energy efficiency directive needs to be implemented.

The forum gathered a mixture of Latvian experts, from NGOs, businesses and politicians alongside experts from the region and from European level. The discussions were based on looking at the current situation of energy efficiency in Europe and why energy can help social and economic problems, measures and tools for improving efficiency and future steps to be taken. 

In conclusion, it was noted that it requires a long-term policy and strategy from the State in this area. This would give confidence also to private financial institutions that this is an industry where it is safe to invest resources. Whereas, larger apartment buildings’ renovation in Latvia would attract investments from manufacturers of building materials, which would create new jobs and reduce the costs for energy efficiency activities in Latvia.


The Conference was streamed online to one of the biggest Latvian news portal Tvnet.lv and was viewed by 489 people. Video of the conference can be found at the foundation’s BSF home page

Based on this and previous conferences on energy efficiency, BSF created proposals for the Latvian Parliament to change legislation and policies in order to ensure better energy efficiency measures.

Also an e- book was created collecting practices and examples of energy policy on this issue in Finland, Estonia, and Latvia (available also in English) 

Twitter accounts:

@FEPS_Europe

@BSF_Latvija

Full summary of the discussions 

Link to the video streaming of the meeting 

The Latvian version of the discussion summaries and programme and other related documents and photos on our partner’s website, the Freedom and Solidarity Foundation.

Erica Hope’s Presentation from the European Climate Foundation 

Check out also www.ekubirojs.lv for more details of the presentation of the research presentation of Marta Bergmane and Mara Laizane about Resident’s understanding and perception of the impact of renovation of multifamily dwellings.

Find all related publications
Publications
21/11/2022

The EU and North Africa: Towards a just Twin Transition?

In an era marked by a deficiency in sustainable growth and a profusion of novel […]
08/11/2022

Building resilient democracies

Challenges and solutions across the globe
23/10/2022

The EU and gender equality

FEPS Primers Series - Agnes Hubert
23/10/2022

The progressive potential of the EU

FEPS Primers Series - Richard Corbett
Find all related news
News
15/11/2022

FEPS delegation at COP27

FEPS delegation was present at COP27, with the strategic objectives of mobilizing climate finance for […]
20/10/2022

Europe’s largest Gen Z-focused research ever conducted

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and ThinkYoung have conducted, over 3 years, Europe’s […]
18/10/2022

Open letter to call for a deep reform of the EU fiscal rules

FEPS cosigned an open letter to EU leaders calling for them to address the underlying structural […]
23/09/2022

FEPS President in the United Nations General Assembly

During the UNGA 77 week in New York, FEPS is expanding its global partnership. Among […]
Find all related in the media
In the media

El PSC se reunirá de nuevo con el Govern el miércoles por los Presupuestos

by EuropaPress 24/11/2022
EuropaPress echoes the 'Twin Transition' event in Barcelona, organized by FEPS and Fundació Campalans, with the participation of Salvador Illa and FEPS President Maria João Rodrigues.

A baloldal főutcája

by Népszava 21/11/2022
Article by FEPS Secretary General László Andor on the state of social democracy after the PES congress - “The main street of the left”

La doble transición verde y digital como arma contra los depredadores de la energía

by Crónica Global 18/11/2022
Article by Pau Solanilla, Director of Fundació Rafael Campalans, ahead of the FEPS-Campalans event 'Figuring out the Twin Transition'

El reto de las Smart Cities, combinar digitalización y sostenibilidad

by ABC 18/11/2022
Article by Pau Solanilla, Director of Fundació Rafael Campalans, ahead of the FEPS-Campalans event 'Figuring out the Twin Transition'