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Growth & jobs first: Why energy efficiency in buildings needs earmarking within EFSI

Energy efficiency investments are among the most societally attractive investment choices for their delivery against the key objectives of the Junker Plan: Specifically, the amount and type of jobs which they bring, their positive energy security, resilience and environmental benefits, their positive impacts on competitiveness and their direct fiscal returns. It is in Europe’s strong self-interest to prioritize energy efficiency investments and put them first in the context of ESFI.

This paper recommends that a fixed proportion of the ESFI be earmarked for energy efficiency (e.g. 20%) and potentially placed into a sub-fund to ensure adequate resource focus and transparency for these important investments.