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Energy-Efficiency-Watch 2 (EEW2)

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The specific objective of the "Energy Efficiency Watch 2" project was to continue the work undertaken by EEW1 project and to facilitate the process of implementation of the Energy Services Directive. The main target groups were Parliamentarians on European, national and regional level as well as civil servants working on the implementation of the Energy Services Directive. EEW2 aimed also to create an even stronger network with the regions and cities that are of utmost importance for the implementation of energy efficiency policies laid out in the NEEAPs. The networks ECEEE, Energie Cités and FEDARENE were for instance active partners of the project consortium and a special link to the Covenant of Mayors was established. The EEW2 also aimed at enhancing its contact to other key players (industry and NGOs) in the field of energy efficiency, outside the project consortium. During the project, all relevant stakeholders - project network partners as well as external partners - were integrated to see what has been done on the Member State level since the first round of NEEAPs in 2007, what is under preparation, what is the level of the second NEEAPs etc. by using a bottom-up approach.

Results

Overall, the EEW2 project has succeeded to support the work of policy makers in the implementation and further development of their energy efficiency policies. This result has been made possible thanks to the various activities of the EEW2 project which consisted in  collecting market feedback on the implementation of energy efficiency policy across the EU, identifying good practices and barriers with a bottom up approach based on networking and disseminating this knowledge to key stakeholders.A number of key events were organised to support the exchange of knowledge and practices and obtain feedback on the implementation of energy efficiency policies. For instance, 3 international parliamentary meetings successfully involved more than 100 Parliamentarians from various countries with dedicated sessions on energy efficiency, 6 roundtables with the EU Council Presidency were organised in order to discuss the integration of energy efficiency into the EU agenda, 4 parliamentary workshop at the national level (FR, DE, PL and CZ) were held and proved to be very good to initiate a discussion on energy efficiency policies with national stakeholders, and more than 15 other dissemination events took place and reached various groups of experts' networks throughout the participation of more than 900 participants.To support this large consultation and dissemination exercise, the EEW2 project also succeeded to collect valuable feedback on the implementation of the ESD directive and NEEAPs across the EU by conducting a large survey which revealed the opinions and concerns of more than 700 energy efficiency experts from all countries. This extensive knowledge was compiled in various professionally laid-out publications. For instance, the project resulted in the dissemination of 27 detailed national reports which provide tailor-made information to national stakeholders.
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Lessons learned

  • In general, the EEW2 project showed that there is a large disparity among Member States in the level of their energy efficiency policies. It also confirmed that certain end-uses areas are still not sufficiently addressed such as modal shift in transport. A large number of experts, especially from countries where energy efficiency is not currently a political priority, also stressed the importance of EU legislation in driving national energy efficiency policies. The NEEAP screening also revealed the lack of measures targeting the need for education and training for professionals, especially in the building sector.
  • National workshops targeted for national stakeholders (government, parliament, NGOs, experts and other national stakeholders) proved to be a very important consultation and dissemination tool. They have shown the need for a discussion on the national level with national stakeholders.
  • The survey on the status of implementation of energy efficiency policies has been a very challenging exercise and the project consortium had to address several important issues. The survey showed merely perceptions of experts on the status quo of energy efficiency policies in their home countries. It however did not give a thorough overview of the implementation as the knowledge of experts is usually limited to a certain sector. Therefore, oral interviews with selected experts were performed to complete the survey process.
  
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European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources
Renewable Energy House
Rue d'Arlon 63-65
1040 Brussels
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Duration:
01/09/2010 to 31/08/2013
Contract number: 
IEE/09/833/SI2.558296

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