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The implementation of the Energy end-use efficiency and Energy Services Directive (2006/32/EC) offers considerable flexibility to Member States (MS). This means that alongside the challenges posed, there are also significant opportunities for MS to share experience between themselves. To support the EU countries in the implementation of this Directive, the European Commission launched the CA ESD Concerted Action in order to provide them with a trusted forum for exchange of experiences and collaboration. The CA ESD involved the national authorities responsible for implementing the Directive, or those bodies appointed and entrusted by them to do so. It was carried out under the coordination of NL Agency in the Netherlands, supported by the Energy Saving Trust in the UK. The CA consortium was composed of organisations designated by all 27 Member States plus Croatia and Norway. The CA ESD was structured around five Core Themes covering the key requirements of the Directive: • National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs) • The role of the public sector • The role of the energy sector • Auditing, metering and billing • The use of financial instruments


  • An overview of policy instruments and measures for energy saving, with experiences from MS have been developed so that for the second NEEAPs MS can build on other successful approaches and avoid pitfalls.
  • MS have identified ESD areas for potential future convergence amongst MS
  • A framework of best practices for the exchange of information amongst MS have been established.
  • MS have established a sustainable network amongst CA participants enabling further cooperation on ESD implementation beyond the duration of the CA.

Lessons learned

  • The CA ESD has proven itself as a successful platform for exchange of information, experiences and good practices. Thanks to this action, many participating Member States have gained a better understanding of the Energy Services Directive (2006/32/EC) and have been able to learn from other countries, avoid pitfalls and build on successful approaches when implementing the ESD in their country.
  • The CA ESD has also succeeded to develop and animate a unique network of European experts on ESD which has resulted in more long-term cooperation across Europe. There is clear evidence that MS have benefited and acted upon information received through the CA ESD.
  • the CA ESD has helped the European Commission better understand the national barriers related to ESD implementation. Energy efficiency in MS is indeed continuously evolving and there are still areas that despite the ESD are slow to take off and require e.g. capacity building, clear financing solutions or measurement and verification.

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Lucinda Maclagan
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01/06/2008 to 01/06/2011
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