The urgent need to rethink energy efficiency: a unifying national project – EconomyMatin


More than any other subject, energy efficiency is a unifying project for the whole nation. Energy management is no longer a secondary subject, but indeed a major societal project that will concern us all in the long term. In this context, each year energy renovation is gaining ever greater interest from households, social landlords, communities and even the government.

This is reflected in particular by the launch of major national plans and numerous incentives to enable everyone to rethink the energy efficiency of housing. Recent changes in legislation are a perfect illustration of this. Therefore, whatever the household income, it is possible to benefit from aid to carry out certain energy efficiency improvement works. (insulation of walls, roofs, attics, floors, etc.).

The central role of Energy Saving Certificates

Cornerstone of the financing system for energy renovation projects, Energy Saving Certificates (CEE) are strategic. But what do they really correspond to? Remember that an EWC is above all a political measure to encourage energy savings. This consists of forcing certain players to save energy and to encourage other players by obtaining a certificate. The constrained actors must then directly carry out energy saving measures or buy certificates from non-obligated parties. It is therefore a large-scale device that represents millions of euros and makes it possible to launch energy efficiency policies at the national level. It is precisely this system of Energy Saving certificates that continues to evolve and open up to new fields of application for the benefit of all.

An increasingly professional sector

After more or less convincing beginnings, in particular with regard to certain projects carried out hastily without professionalism by “pseudo experts” favoring financial gains over the quality of the projects delivered, the energy efficiency sector has now largely improved. The controls carried out by the DGCCRF and other institutions and the upscaling of professionals have indeed made it possible to establish a clear framework and to give real value to the work carried out. Thus, we can only rejoice at the number of professionals who can now carry out the projects entrusted to them by intervening in the rules of the art. We also note that with each change in the EWC system, new rules and controls are carried out. Here again, this greatly contributes to raising the level of service delivered during construction.

In view of these elements, the number of deviations which were observed is constantly decreasing and the positive impact of the projects carried out in strong growth. The EWC thus regains all its meaning and energy renovation can finally enter into a large-scale industrial logic. Widely supported by the public authorities, this subject should enable France to become one of the most virtuous players and at the forefront of the sector on a European scale. We can therefore only rejoice at such a development which will ultimately be a tremendous step forward in the fight against fuel poverty, which is still a major factor of exclusion for many households.