The EU’s Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) Programme supported projects which sought to overcome non-technical barriers to the uptake, implementation and replication of innovative sustainable energy solutions.
The IEE Programme operated for more than a decade – IEE I ran from 2003 to 2006 and IEE II from 2007 to 2013. From 2007 onwards, the IEE II programme supported 63 projects (including two Concerted Actions) advancing sustainable energy use in buildings. This evaluation of IEE II support for buildings-related projects examines the performance and impact of these projects, and draws lessons from them for future programmes and projects.
Among the key findings are the following:
- More than 700 pilot projects were implemented.
- Over 540,000 TOE (Tonnes of oil equivalent) of annual primary energy savings were achieved, and at least 450,000 TOE of annual renewable energy was generated.
- More than 6 billion euros were invested in sustainable energy solutions.
- 94% of final beneficiaries reported that the projects responded to their needs, problems and challenges.
- The range of topics that were covered was very broad. These included deep renovation, Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings, Energy Performance Certificates, renewable energy and the exemplary role of public buildings.
- Calls for project proposals were structured to support the relevant directives (the Energy Performance of Buildings, Energy Efficiency and Renewables Directives) and followed their evolution.
- The priorities of the calls for proposals were very closely aligned with the needs, problems and challenges of the building sector in implementing the EU objectives.
The evaluation also collected lessons that can be applied to future funding programmes and projects.These include:
- Coordinators and partners that are genuinely invested in core thematic areas leads to successful teams, and projects with lasting impact.
- Careful project design and planning enables successful delivery and long-term benefits. This includes effective identification of market challenges/gaps/improvement opportunities, working with a realistic budget and objectives.
- Effective and early engagement of partners at the proposal stage is crucial. Partners play a vital role in ensuring that the project objectives are aligned to the local context.
- Regional diversity is a key added value of IEE. To ensure optimal impact, regional differences must be accounted for from the project outset. This includes acknowledging diverse challenges and outlining tailored strategies to face them.
The full 151 page report as well as a separate 17 page executive summary are available for download at the links below.