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How to make Europe Number 1 in Energy Efficiency

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Key results from the Energy–Efficiency–Watch–Project


2006 was the starting point of EU energy efficiency policies with the Directive on Energy End-use Efficiency and Energy Services (“ESD”). The Directive sets an indicative energy saving target of 9 % by 2016. It also required national authorities to procure energy efficiency products and promote energy efficiency and energy services. Furthermore, Member States have to submit National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs),scheduled for 2007 and 2011. This Directive has been repealed by the Energy Efficiency Directive in 2012, which requires the publication of NEEAPs by Member States starting in 2014, and every three years thereafter. It furthermore introduced new requirements for Member States, most notably the target to save 1.5% of final energy each year until 2020 through energy efficiency obligation schemes or alternative measures.


The Energy Efficiency Watch Project (EEW) aims to facilitate the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive. This Intelligent Energy Europe project portrays the progress made in the implementation of energy efficiency policies since the publication of the last NEEAPs in 2011.


In this brochure, the EEW concludes that since 2011 and thanks to considerable progress in energy efficiency policies, there are more new or improved such policies but more effort is needed to achieve the 2020 target.


The brochure presents in detail the key EEW3 project results:


  • Energy Efficiency as a Driving Force: Energy efficiency is an engine for innovation and economic growth in Europe.
  • A European Overview of the Implementation of EU Energy Efficiency Policies
  • Five Case Studies of Highly Effective
  • Energy Efficiency Policy-Making
  • Specific Recommendations on Energy Efficiency Policies from the Business Community
  • Key Policy Recommendations on Future European Energy Efficiency Policies



You can download the brochure at the link below.