EPATEE

Evaluation into Practice to Achieve Targets for Energy Efficiency

EPATEE is a 30-months (2017-2019) project funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme,
aiming to supporting policymakers from national public authorities and/or energy agencies through creating the favourable conditions for improving the number and effective use of ex-post impact evaluations of energy efficiency policies.
Directives on energy efficiency such as the EED or the EPBD trigger a great variety of policies throughout EU
Member States. The effort put into developing and implementing these policies is well documented in existing
NEEAPs. Soon, emphasis will be put on finding out how effective they were to create new policies that allow meeting
current and future energy savings targets. Unfortunately, several barriers limit policy evaluation. This results in a lack of quantitative data, and impedes evidence-based analysis required to distinguish effective from ineffective policies.
EPATEE aims at tackling this problem by raising the capacity of policymakers and implementers to assist Members
States to fulfil their obligation under energy related Directives. The project will provide them both with tools and with practical knowledge to make effective impact evaluation an integral part of the policy cycle. EPATEE makes use of existing evaluation experiences in a range of instruments, such as energy efficiency obligation schemes, regulations, financial incentives and voluntary agreements. Lessons learnt from other EU initiatives and good practices in how to successfully evaluate the impact and cost-effectiveness of such energy efficiency policies will provide the basis for the development of guidelines and good practice evaluation tools. A set of 20 to 30 tools enabling state-of-the-art evaluation will be developed and integrated into a smart online toolbox, which interactively assists users in picking the most relevant tool for their specific need.
This guidance material provides the basis for the most important aspect of EPATEE: target-oriented experience
sharing and capacity building. Findings will be discussed together with policymakers through peer-learning
workshops, webinars, direct consulting, and other means of communication and dissemination. All activities will
strive at realizing synergies with other EU projects such as ODYSEEE-MURE, ENSPOL, MultEE and the CA EED.

The priority target groups for EPATEE are the national policy makers and implementers, in particular the ministries in charge of energy and the national energy agencies. They are the main evaluation customers, positioned above all the key evaluation users. A successful evaluation process also requires the involvement of the other stakeholders taking part in the policies and/or being key for the data collection: energy suppliers and distributors; ESCOs, engineering companies and energy consultants; local authorities; researchers; manufacturers, distributors and installers of equipment and material related to energy efficiency; relevant trade associations and unions; associations of consumers and NGOs related to energy efficiency and climate issues.
EPATEE aims at building the basis for a dynamic that will continue to grow beyond the project. Its success crucially depends on the stakeholder’s willingness and motivation to participate in EPATEE’s activities. The consortium is aware of this challenge and has instruments in place to address it accordingly