Existing mechanisms for energy efficiency and available to French industrialists are sufficient? The point of view of Jean-Pierre Riche, President Okavango-Energy, a consulting firm in energy efficiency.

The energy transition gives much of a headache for the government. Known as the “major project of the five-year” by Jean-Marc Ayrault during the second environmental conference, many doubts remain on how to achieve this ambition. At the heart of this vast debate remains the issue of subsidies, in an environment of fiscal scarcity.

Industrial shunning Energy Saving Certificates

A range of tools exist already, like loans guaranteed by the BPI of aid funding mechanisms besides accompaniments proposed by ADEME, the regions, the Chambers of Commerce and Industry or Europe. For example, the Energy Saving Certificates (EEC) is one of the most powerful and yet largely unknown world of industrial instruments. Created as part of a policy to control energy demand in 2005, the government scheme requires energy suppliers – the “forced” – to introduce energy efficiency measures in their clients. To achieve their savings quotas made, “forced” as a bonus reward the investment of their clients initiative. And the EEC directly influence decision-making on an industrial investment , reducing from 5 to 40 % the final net . Yet five years after the introduction of the device, the EEC filed for industrial projects accounted for only 6 % of the total while industry accounts for nearly 25 % of the French energy consumption. Misunderstanding of the mechanism, ignorance of its operation, this device deserves a clear and strong communication.


Simplify the device

An effort to simplify communication and is also expected with regard to the thousand-fulfilled of other resistive devices . How to justify the budgets allocated to energy efficiency are not distributed today , stakeholders involved in the management of aid not finding companies that can benefit from subsidies? Face scrub helps , manufacturers are more or less equipped to navigate. SMEs are relatively well informed about the existence of solutions to their significant energy reductions . When they know them, they are faced with a plethora administrative procedures and a lack of transparency regarding the eligibility criteria for aid programs . To encourage industry to take action to reduce their current energy consumption , the state must simplify , merge and communicate. The first key to understanding the energy transition is already in our hands , a proper implementation would provide short-term results .

Go to spring 2014

The additional funds that could be affected should instead be used to innovate to meet the target of halving the energy consumption in 2050 . This ambitious goal can be achieved if research centers , manufacturers and industrial rally together with the support of some public funds. It requires a rethinking of modes of production and the development of new technologies. We have forty years to achieve this goal. Forever to the industry if we are preparing now. Then no doubt that through this effort , companies gain in competitiveness and the development of innovative processes , able to export their concepts and optimization technologies. France has before it a few months to make their own choices in energy transition , the adoption of a law on this subject has been postponed until spring 2014 . Let’s use this time to finally avoid stacking aid mechanisms and simplify the use of public money by focusing on the real priorities .