Article 7, Energy Efficiency Directive – Knowledge exchange and guidance needed to accelerate implementation

The implementation of Article 7 from the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) by EU Member States (MS) has shown so far that public authorities have limited time and resources to coordinate experience sharing at the EU level.

Article 7 requires MS to set up an energy efficiency obligation scheme, with energy companies achieving yearly energy savings of 1.5% of annual sales to final consumers. In order to reach this target, companies must carry out measures helping final consumers improve energy efficiency, such as improving home heating systems, installing double-glazed windows, or better insulating roofs to reduce energy consumption. EU Member States may also implement alternative policy measures which reduce final energy consumption.

The H2020 project ENSMOV organised stakeholder consultations to find the most relevant issues faced for policy implementation as well as monitoring and verification, when implementing article 7. The results will allow refining the set of tools the project will provide to support policy implementation at national level (in 14 Member States) as well as the areas for which knowledge exchange among countries is required.

125 stakeholders participated to the consultation between July and September 2019, from ministries, public authorities, policy makers, national agencies or implementing bodies for Article 7 EED, energy/environmental/industrial/trade associations, market operators, universities/research centres/NGOs, think tanks, financial institutions involved in energy policies as well as consultancies dealing with energy policies.

Authors: Bettina Reidlinger, Christian Praher, Nina Pickl (Austrian Energy Agency)

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