Energy Efficiency Watch reports: Considerable progress in EE policies but more needed to achieve 2020 target

(0-nothing, 23 May 2016) eceee press release – Despite considerable progress in the implementation of EU energy efficiency policies since 2011, more is needed if the EU is to reach its 2020 energy efficiency targets. This is the conclusion of an exhaustive set of reports on EU and national policy implementation released today from the Energy Efficiency Watch 3 project.

While the Industry, Research and Energy Committee of the European Parliament is set to vote on the latest implementation report on the Energy Efficiency Directive tomorrow, 24 May, exhaustive research – published in the framework of the Energy-Efficiency Watch 3 – highlights both progress and lack of action. (See all reports here )

The new reports follow the publication of a survey of 1100 EU experts in early April. Since 2011, the new reports conclude, there are overall more new or improved energy efficiency policies than weakened or abandoned policies. However, many EU Member States still need to grasp the benefits or allocate resources to invest enough money and implementing capacity in energy efficiency policies. This would not only make the EU number 1 in energy efficiency but also help lead the way out of the economic and financial crisis.

"Energy efficiency is the first fuel of the European Union. Policies are already implemented across all EU member states but we need more ambitious targets and a stronger framework for 2030” said eceee Patron MEP Claude Turmes, in a comment to the reports.

The Energy Efficiency Directive ( EED ) set up a legal framework to help the EU and its Member States to achieve the 20% energy efficiency target by 2020.

The Energy Efficiency Watch project consortium (where eceee is an active partner) analyses the National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs) and the development of European and national Energy efficiency policies within the framework of the EED. To achieve this, it carried out expert consultations and a EU-wide survey to gather competent opinions on the progress of energy efficiency policies in the Member States.

Findings from the Energy Efficiency Watch project show that the Energy Efficiency Directive triggered good developments in some countries and in some fields of energy efficiency policy, such as energy efficiency obligations and building renovation. However, in overall terms, policy progress is still much too slow or even nearly absent in several Member States. Furthermore, the data shows enormous disparity among Member States in levels of ambition and progress of energy efficiency policies.

The Energy Efficiency Watch project’s released portfolio of reports include:

  • 28 Country Reports (available in English and national languages) which analyse the progress of energy efficiency in each Member State;
  • 10 Case Studies that present outstanding energy efficiency policies in Europe and offer inspiration to policy makers;
  • the Key Policy Conclusions, which condense the project’s and translate them into strategic policy conclusions;
  • the project Summary report: “How to make Europe Number 1 in Energy Efficiency” and,
  • the Expert Survey Report , which gathered input from over 1100 experts, reporting on levels of ambition and progress of efficiency policies in each Member State.

All documents are now online and can be found here .

Background information on the project:

The Energy-Efficiency-Watch project, which is co-founded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, facilitates and supports since 2006 the implementation of EU energy efficiency policies in the Member States. The consortium analyses the National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs) and the development of European and national Energy efficiency policies. It carried out expert consultations and a EU-wide survey to gather competent opinions on the progress of energy efficiency policies in the Member States.

Members of the consortium are eceee, Ecofys, Energy Citities, Eufores, Fedarene, Upper Austria Energy Agency and Wuppertal Institute.

Its publications include: 28 Country Reports (available in English and national languages) which analyse the progress of energy efficiency in each Member State; 10 Case Studies that present outstanding energy efficiency policies in Europe and offer inspiration to policy makers; the Key Policy Conclusions, which condense the project’s and translate them into strategic policy conclusions; the project Summary report: “How to make Europe Number 1 in Energy Efficiency” and the Expert Survey Report  which gathered input from over 1100 experts, reporting on levels of ambition and progress of efficiency policies in each Member State.

All documents are now online and can be found here .

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