New energy business models geared towards city-scale refurbishment

Standardising the main conclusions of the analysis of the European directives on energy efficiency that establish new energy business models, has been the aim of the new IPM Paper “The sustainable city and new business models” written by Javier García Breva and published by IMEDIA. This article offers a summary of the said document and the main conclusions drawn from the analysis carried out by its author, advisor on energy policies and chairman of N2E.

The report demonstrates that the energy model prescribed by the European directives is to make savings through distributed generation, self-consumption, smart meters with net balance and interaction with consumers, nearly zero energy buildings, efficient DHC networks and the electric vehicle. It also concludes that the impacts on climate will determine how cities and transport will be restructured, turning each consumption centre into a generation centre, through energy refurbishment, the nearly zero energy building and the electric vehicle.

The stimulus received by this sector over past years has been a compulsory requirement of the European Directives on Energy Efficiency (2012) and Buildings (2010) that have still not been fully implemented by Spain’s legal system. Law 8/2013 on urban refurbishment, regeneration and renovation, consolidated by Royal Legislative Decree 7/2015, is a step forwards, however Spain has not set any targets for energy efficiency, refurbishment or nearly zero energy buildings. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2016