Concerted Actions

IEE Concerted Actions assist Member States to implement EU legislation cost-effectively. They help implementing bodies in each country to share experiences with the EU Directives on Energy Performance of Buildings, Energy Efficiency (formerly Energy Services) and Renewable Energy. National authorities meet informally to discuss and evaluate the most effective options for implementing these directives. The discussions also offer opportunities for the European Commission to work informally with Member States. The exchanges are often backed up with practical grassroots experience from IEE projects.

The Concerted Action fora combine specialist workshops with high level discussions, all allied to networking opportunities and web resources. Activities centre on sharing —and inspiring— smart solutions for the professional tools, skills and systems in all fields addressed by legislation.

The Concerted Actions also attract attention from accession countries as well as countries such as China, the USA and Brazil.

Concerted Action on the Energy Performance of Buildings 

Properly implemented, the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive EPBD (2002/91/EC) could save 6.5 % of the EU’s final energy demand, without even taking account of the impact of its recast. To help make that a reality, the Concerted Action for Energy Performance of Buildings (CA EPBD) was launched in 2005 as a joint initiative of the EU Member States and the EC. Meetings are organised around the topics of certification, inspections, training, cost-optimal performance requirements, nearly zero-energy buildings, compliance and other accompanying measures, like campaigns and financing.

They regularly bring together over 120 participants from 29 countries to discuss the technical, legal and administrative aspects for the EPBD in each country. The CA EPBD is an important means to help realise the additional estimated savings from the EPBD recast (2010/31/EU), which amount to 60-80 million toe/year by 2020, or a further 5-6 % of the EU’s energy consumption. It is co-ordinated by the Portuguese Energy Agency ADENE.

Concerted Action on the Energy Performance of Buildings website

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Concerted Action on Energy Efficiency

The implementation of the Directive on energy end-use efficiency and energy services (ESD) (2006/32/EC) offered considerable flexibility to Member States to choose those energy efficiency measures that best suit their national situation. This means that alongside the challenges posed, there were also significant opportunities for Member States to share experiences with one another.

To support the EU countries in this task, the European Commission launched in 2008 the Concerted Action for the Energy Services Directive (CA ESD). The first round of the CA ESD lasted three years and ended in June 2011, being continued with a second round until 2014. It provided a forum for immediate and informal exchange of experiences and involved all Member States’ national authorities responsible for implementing the Directive, or those bodies appointed and entrusted by them to do so. With the adoption of the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) the CA ESD was tasked with supporting the transposition and implementation of the new Directive, and from 2013 becomes the CA EED, with an extended duration running until end of 2016.  It is co-ordinated by the Dutch Energy Agency NL Agency.

Concerted Action on Energy Efficiency

Concerted Action on Renewable Energy

Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable energy sources (RES) was adopted on 23 April 2009. The aim of the RES Directive is to establish a common framework for the promotion of renewable energy in the European Union.

This Concerted Action on the Renewable Energy Sources Directive (CA RES) aims at supporting the implementation of the RES Directive and the achievement of the national targets. It involves only the organisations in charge of the national transposition and implementation of this Directive. Generally, these are the responsible ministries and expert bodies nominated to work on them by those Ministries.

This Concerted Action provides a forum for confidential and structured discussions and cross learning between these organisations in all EU MS. This exchange of views, approaches and experiences concentrates on key requirements of the Directive according to the needs of Member States and the European Commission. The CA RES is focused on topics where coordination of approaches would be beneficial.

The CA RES is addressing a number of aspects including cooperation mechanisms, implementation of the national renewable action plans (NREAPs), methodologies for the calculation of renewable energy shares, integration of RES supplies into electricity and gas grids, removal of administrative barriers and incorporation of RES into planning processes, reducing information and training gaps, sustainability of biofuels, and biomass mobilisation. The CA RES runs for 3 years. It started in July 2010 and is coordinated by the Austrian Energy Agency.

Concerted Action on Renewable Energy

Last update: 19/01/2015 | Top