SAVE II Programme:
Promotion of energy efficiency in the European Community
SAVE II Programme.
Decision of the Council of 16.12.96 concerning a multiannual programme
for the promotion of energy efficiency in the Community.
- Call for proposals for the promotion of energy efficiency in the
European Community (1999), Official Journal C 381 of 8.12.1998, p. 22.
SAVE II is the European Community non-technical programme aimed at promoting
the rational use of energy within the Community.
SAVE II has been designed to complement the efforts of the Member States in
improving energy efficiency.
The SAVE II programme wants to reinforce the existing actions of SAVE I in
the field of labeling and standardization in the area of energy using equipment,
to support pilot actions and to disseminate information.
The programme will develop several new actions like the monitoring of energy
efficiency programme and the promotion of a greater cohesion between the Member
States policies aimed at improving energy management.
The subject of regional and urban energy management has been included as a
specific activity in the SAVE II programme with the objective to improve energy
efficiency, to make the most of local energy resources and to seek optimum energy
supply conditions for regions and urban areas
(see separate sheet on this action P.11.1.1.).
Target public / beneficiaries
All legal entities, regional and local authorities, organisations, individuals,
public and private enterprises as well as existing Community-wide networks or
temporary groupings of organisations and/or enterprises formed to accomplish
In fact there has been no typical SAVE contractor (only for the action aimed at
the creation of regional and local energy centres).
Legal entities in associated non-member countries in central and eastern Europe
and Cyprus have the possibility to submit proposals and to participate on terms
similar to those of Member States and EEA countries. Decisions to this effect
are now being drafted and adopted. Before preparing and submitting proposals
involving these countries it is better to contact the European Commission.
The SAVE II programme will run until 31 December 2000.
For 1999 the deadline for the submission of project proposals is
31.3.1999. There will be a yearly call for project proposals.
There is no real time limit for the projects: there is a minimum of
three months, but it can go to several years, with an average of 18
Eligible measures / nature of activities
The SAVE call for tender 1999 includes ten areas:
- 1. Rational use of energy in buildings
This includes the rehabilitation of old buildings, the replacement
of building components, the improvement of the energy management of
multi-occupancy buildings etc.
- 2. Rational use of energy in equipment, including energy using
equipment incorporated in buildings (heating, cooling and water heating equipment).
- 3. Rational use of energy in transport
This is related to different topics like the urban traffic control systems,
the improvement of the public transport, the services for commuters and
the connection between different modes of transport. Topics like the vehicle
fleet management, management systems related to freight transport are also
considered as priorities.
- 4. Rational use of energy in industry
- 5. Demand side management and integrated resource planning
This will include pilot DSM programmes, the improvement in electricity end
use and the energy behaviour in households.
- 6. Promotion of combined heat and power
- 7. Studies aimed at the implementation of Community-wide measures
- 8. Monitoring of the energy efficiency progress
- 9. Information and dissemination activities
Candidates have at least four years of experience in organising
events for the promotion of energy efficiency. The activity must be
of a transnational nature.
- 10. Creation of regional and local energy agencies
(see separate sheet P.11.1.1.).
The selection criteria are the following:
- the projects should attack a generally recognised energy efficiency
problem and the solutions developed should be easily transferable.
The projects should represent a new approach to the problem.
- The transnational component is very important, projects should
involve partners at least from 2 different Member States of the
European Union or EEA (European Economic Area).
Nature and amount of financial support
The Community contribution for actions 1-6 will be up to a maximum
of 50 % of the total cost of the project. Actions 7-9 may be funded
up to 100 %. Action 10 may be funded up to 40 %.
A maximum amount is not fixed. The average support given by the EU
is 150,000 to 200,000 euros.
European Union financial support
The budget for 1999 will be approximately 7.5 million euros.
Proposals will be evaluated during April and May of 1999 and a
decision will be made after consultation with the SAVE Committee
before the end of July. Successful proposers will be informed at
that time and contracts will be concluded by October 1999.
The following are available on the website
- a brochure « Actions for the Promotion of Energy Efficiency»
- the documents concerning the 1999 call for proposals
- the information brochure on the action « Creation of Regional and
Local Energy Agencies »
Information Offices or Additional Sources of Information
- European Commission
Mr. R. Harbison
Directorate General for Energy
DG XVII, Unit C2
226-236, avenue de Tervuren
F.: +32 2 296 62 83
Last update : 02/99