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Energy Efficiency Watch (EEW)

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The EEW project has monitored and highlighted good practices of political and legislative measures, instruments and activities in the field of energy efficiency within the framework of the “National Energy Efficiency Action Plans” (NEEAPs). The EEW partners developed criteria and did a screening of the NEEAPs in two steps. The results is summarised in a report and a good policy practice brochure. During the evaluation, energy efficiency industry and NGOs were also integrated as input and content providers. The EEW results have been disseminated to an EU-wide network on energy efficiency and also passed on to national parliamentarians and civil servants in focused events.


  • Stronger network of Parliamentarians and key actors in the field of energy efficiency, and a wide communication and information platform.
  • Increased awareness, level of knowledge of and experience exchange amongst Parliamentarians and other stakeholders across Europe on political measures and activities within the framework of the NEEAPs.
  • Parliamentary network enhanced; gathered contacts of civil servants in all MS (in charge of drafting NEEAPs); enlarged contact database
  • Successfully identified and invited additional external partners (industry, NGOs etc.) to join the online community
  • Gathered input of stakeholders and civil society through Reference Group meetings – several external partners contributed additionally in form of a filled in questionnaire on the topic of NEEAP

Lessons learned

  • The national events showed that strong NEEAPs do not necessarily stand for strong implementation. The national circumstances are conditions for good implementation. In many Member States various ministries are responsible for the NEEAPs depending on all the different aspects those plans relate to.
  • The screening and comparison of the different NEEAPs was rather difficult due to the very heterogeneous designs, contents and levels of information provided within the plans. A lesson learnt from this is the necessity to better accompany civil servants working on those plans during the drafting period.
  • It seems to be difficult to involve stakeholders on a voluntary basis in general. The lack of time and mostly staff resources makes especially non-profit organisations, energy agencies etc. reluctant to contribute with their input e.g. via questionnaires or in meetings or as supporter and/or to volunteer as national node.

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European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources
Renewable Energy House
Rue d'Arlon 63-65
1040 Brussels


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01/09/2007 to 28/02/2010
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