Enefirst is an H2020-funded project that seeks to provide the EU with a common vision of the principle of E1st and a holistic pathway to achieving it, embedded across our energy system models, impact assessments, funding and infrastructure decisions, and into all energy and climate policies.
The enefirst project consortium is looking to identify barriers (ex: technical, regulatory or capacity-related) to implementation of the “efficiency first” principle in Europe. Experts from across the energy efficiency value chain are invited to share expertise on implementation barriers of E1st policies in the EU in a short online survey. Survey participation will contribute to a comprehensive implementation strategy for E1st across EU policy to assure cost-effective decarbonisation of the European energy system.
"Efficiency First" (E1st) is a fundamental principle applied to policy making, planning and investment in the energy sector, which is gaining visibility in European energy and climate policy. Funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme for Research and Innovation, Enefirst is a project that seeks to make the E1st principle operational in Europe, through defining its relevance for energy demand and supply and its broader impacts across sectors and markets, focusing on the buildings sector. The main objectives of Enefrist are: 1) to define the principle of E1st in practical terms; 2) to assess how it has been applied internationally and how it applies to the EU context, 3) to measure the value of applying E1st across different policy areas for buildings’ end-use energy efficiency and 4) to quantify the impacts of increased building energy efficiency for the future energy system in the EU, and 5) to identify key policy areas for the application of E1st and develop policy proposals for its implementation in the EU Buildings Sector. Led by the Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP), Enefirst gathers expertise from RAP – the Regulatory Assistance Project (European organization), BPIE – Buildings Performance Institute Europe (European organization), the Fraunhofer Institute (Germany), the Technical University of Vienna (Austria), the Institute for Resource Efficiency and Energy Strategies (Germany), and the Central European University (Hungary).