Policy status:Ended
Date Effective:2005
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Energy Efficiency / Demand Reduction, Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Danish Energy Agency
Description:On 10 June 2005, an agreement was reached between the Danish Government (the Liberal Party and the Conservative Peoples Party) and the Social Democrats, the Danish Peoples Party, the Social Liberal Party and the Socialist Peoples Party on future energy-saving initiatives. This agreement was a follow-up to the political agreement of 29 March 2004 to ensure a reliable energy infrastructure for the future. It was also a follow-up to the draft action plan for renewed energy conservation, which the Danish Government had presented for consultation on 29 December 2004. The June 2005 political agreement set the framework for energy-saving initiatives as well as the main elements of those initiatives for following years. The agreement established a solid framework for increased cost-effective and market-oriented energy-saving initiatives, which focus on achieving viable savings to the benefit of consumers, enterprises and Danish society. The parties agreed on the objective that the overall energy consumption (exclusive of transport) must be reduced. The agreement assumed that energy-saving initiatives would more than offset increase in energy consumption (exclusive of transport), which has been indicated by economic growth and by the Danish Energy Authoritys projections. The parties also agreed that the development of energy consumption would be monitored closely. Against this background, the parties agreed on the following additions to the governments 2004 draft action plan for renewed energy conservation. - Taking additional initiatives to achieve concrete energy savings, which can be documented, corresponding to an annual average of 7.5 PJ during the period 2006-2013. - Continuously monitoring the development of the savings achieved and conducting a comprehensive review in 2008. - Establishing a Coordination Committee to ensure that the saving initiatives are cost-effective. - Well-designed, effective energy labeling for buildings - with concrete suggestions for viable savings projects - as the point of departure for increased heat savings. The labels should also include financing proposals. - In connection with the implementation of L 136 on energy savings in buildings, the government will: set the frequency of regular labeling of large buildings at a maximum of 5 years; - set the validity of energy labels for small buildings at a maximum of 5 years; - ensure regular labeling of all public buildings regardless of size; and - after 3 years, consider whether, on the basis of the experience gained, all buildings shall be regularly labeled. The agreement also provided that grid and distribution companies prioritise heat savings and that they shall enter into agreements with the building sector on package and standard solutions. It also provided that the Minister of Transport and Energy would initiate negotiations with municipalities and regions with a view for them to comply with the same requirements for energy-effective purchase and energy savings, with up to 5 years payback time, as state institutions. In continuation of this agreement, the government submitted the final action plan for renewed energy conservation in September 2005 (see separate database entry).

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