Three questions to Bendt Bendtsen
Bendt Bendtsen is a Member of the European Parliament for the Conservative People’s Party of Denmark and member of the EPP Group. He works with many aspects of European energy policy. Currently, as the European Parliament’s negotiator for the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, he works to ensure that building stock contributes to a Europe based on sustainable energy.
What does sustainable energy mean to you?
Sustainable energy is no longer a futuristic idea. To me, it means supplying future-proof, cost efficient and clean energy as integrated part of the European energy mix.
We have to base Europe’s energy consumption on sustainable sources. This is key in tackling many of Europe’s challenges — better climate, competitiveness and security for the generations to come.
In my view, sustainable energy is not the means to an end, but it is the means to a way forward. I truly believe that the first region in the world based on sustainable energy will be the global winner.
What are the trends that we should look out for in sustainable energy? And what impacts do they have on what you’re doing now or in the future?
Better integration and harvesting sustainable energy’s potential are the most important trends I expect to see in the near future. I believe we have come very far in developing and applying technology to create cost-effective and clean energy.
The major challenge we currently face is rolling out sustainable energy sources across Europe, so we can make better use of energy produced in Europe and minimise our imports of less sustainable sources. It requires loyal cooperation across Europe and an optimal contribution by all available tools and sectors — from industry and transport to the building stock.
As a co-legislator and as a European citizen, it is important to me to unlock the potential for a more sustainable Europe. It will require a true European commitment — from Member States, from industry and from European citizens.
Do you plan to attend the EUSEW Policy Conference and if so what do you hope to get out of it this year?
Yes, I am pleased to be attending EUSEW. As rapporteur for the revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, I am excited to discuss the role of sustainable energy sources for the building stock. It is a two-way-street, where we will also focus on how the building stock can contribute to the transition to sustainable sources — both through better infrastructure for e-mobility and by enabling consumers to be prosumers and integrate sustainable sources into their local energy mix.