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Concerted Action on the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) (CA EED)

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The Concerted Action (CA) was launched in spring 2011 in order to support the effective implementation of the Energy Services Directive (ESD) (2006/32/EC) and later the Directive on Energy Efficiency (EED) (2012/27/EU) in all EU Member States as well as Norway. By providing a trusted forum for exchange of experiences and collaboration, the CA helps countries learn from each other, avoid pitfalls and build on successful approaches when implementing the Directives.The CA involves the national authorities implementing the Directive, or those bodies appointed and entrusted by them to do so. It is carried out under the coordination of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The CA consortium is composed of organisations designated by all 28 Member States plus Norway.The scope of the CA is based on the following 8 Core Themes:
  1. National Energy Efficiency Action Plans and annual reports and measuring progress in energy efficiency
  2. Public Sector - public buildings and public purchasing
  3. Metering and billing, demand response and grid issues
  4. Funds and Financing for energy efficiency
  5. Energy services and ESCOs, energy auditing, solving administrative barriers
  6. Consumer information programmes, training and certification of professionals
  7. Efficiency in Energy Supply, high efficiency CHP and heating/cooling
  8. Energy efficiency obligation schemes, monitoring impacts of eligible measures


  • The CA has successfully brought together implementors of the EED on five separate occasions
  • A wealth of information has been gathered resulting in a strong information base. The CA EED now boasts over 104 presentations available on the public website providing insight into Member States’ EED implementation approaches.
  • 43 Working Group reports have been produced on various aspect of EED implementation. Each provides unique overviews and insights into how both the ESD and EED are being implemented and importantly the factors influencing Member States’ choices.

Lessons learned

  • The work carried out within the CA has revealed that there is a wide difference in the energy efficiency measures applied throughout Europe and a clear desire and need for the exchange of information amongst participating countries.
  • There is both a need for detailed in-depth information on a specific subject/issue/problem and for more general information that provides an overview on different approaches.
  • To attract specialists on a certain subject, e.g. financing, at least a full day programme is needed. In other words, specialists are less likely to attend if only one or two sessions – covering 2-3 hours – are devoted to a subject.
  • The most popular sessions are those that deal with a imminent deadline or a mandatory requirement. Other aspects are strengthened by bringing related topics or combining topics with horizontal issues.

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency
Contact point: 
Lucinda Maclagan
+31 (0)88 602 22 32


In brief

31/05/2011 to 30/11/2016
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