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European Commission: Good practice in energy efficiency

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For a sustainable, safer and more competitive Europe



In November 2016, the European Commission presented the Clean Energy for all Europeans package, providing proposals designed to show that the clean energy transition is the growth sector of the future, and to keep the European Union competitive as the clean energy transition is changing global energy markets.


In this package's context, this document presents examples of good practice from policy implementation, technology development and investment in energy efficiency across different sectors and throughout all 28 Member States.





  • Cross-cutting measures to support energy efficiency
  • Energy efficiency in buildings
  • Energy efficiency in industry, businesses and services
  • Energy efficiency of products
  • Setting the right public policy framework
  • Unlocking financing for energy efficiency investments


Energy efficiency in buildings


According to the document, the lessons learnt across Europe are, among others, the following:


  • Building refurbishment has the biggest available energy saving potential in Europe.
  • Increasing the energy performance of buildings can have a positive impact, not only in economic terms, but also as regards public health and safety by improving indoor climate.
  • Addressing energy efficiency in buildings can help to trigger many co-benefits such as tackling fuel poverty.
  • To achieve enhanced energy performance of buildings, there is a need for much improved technical skills. Training and qualification schemes should ensure that worker qualifications keep pace with the technical complexity ofbuildings and building components.



The large body of evidence for this document on successful policies and measures was provided among others by: Concerted Actions on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), the ODYSEE-MURE project, which developed databases on energy efficiency measures and policies across the EU; and the EEW3 project, which produced 10 specific case studies of good policy practice carried out by Member States providing market feedback from experts, business stakeholders, and local and regional actors.


Projects carried out under the Horizon 2020 Energy Efficiency calls, the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme, and the European Structural and Investment Funds programmes have produced many examples of good practice at national, regional and local level. In the building sector, for instance, many Horizon 2020 and IEE projects have important results to demonstrate in terms of building energy efficiency and performance, especially in the renovation field (including the projects ODYSEE-MURE, BUILD UPON, EPISCOPE, NeZeR, ZEBRA2020, Transition Zero, BEEM UP - Energy Efficiency for Massive market Uptake, Total Concept, COHERENO, STEP-2-SPORT, NEZEH, BUILD UP SKILLS etc.)



To download the document, please visit the relevant European Commission webpage at the link below.


See also the relevant BUILD UP Publication presenting the Staff Working Documents which were the background for this document.