Brussels -- ISOPA, the European diisocyanates and polyol producers association, has summarised its position on the European Commission's Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) public consultation.
The organisation, which did not submit a document directly to the consultation, said the EED should “develop new solutions for consumers to boost their energy savings.”
“Harnessing energy efficiency in buildings is a huge opportunity for Europe. It can incentivise the development of innovative technologies, create jobs, and enable all consumers (particularly vulnerable ones) to save money.
“However, this initiative has to be set in a cost-effective framework. For example, emphasis ought to be put on deep renovation delivering long-term result," ISOPA said.
It will be necessary for the Commission and member states to develop supporting financial schemes, ISOPA added.
“Furthermore, energy intensive industries, such as the producers of diisocyanates, will be impacted from the review of energy efficiency legislation.”
Should an energy cap be imposed on energy intensive sectors such as chemicals, European industry would face an unprecedented competitive challenge, the organisation added.
“Europe would become the only region in the world where manufacturing growth would be limited. Instead of setting targets to be met at any cost, the European Union should provide more precise regulatory and financial incentives for innovation. At European level, as at global level, it’s flexibility and innovation that will bring future solutions.”
Earlier this month, PU Europe's Oliver Loebel issued the organisation's contribution to the consultation. Loebel warned that “ambiguous wording" will mean that the "measures are not actually implemented," as UTECH-polyurethane.com reported at the time.