International Energy Policy and Programme Evaluation Conference

Connecting Evaluators and Implementers of Low Carbon Policies and Programmes

Policies and programmes for increased energy efficiency, energy savings and reduction of GHG emissions are ranked as top priorities by EU, IEA and UN to help the world face the critical issues of climate change and resource conservation. The increasing focus on energy policy and programmes has resulted in more challenging objectives and growing investment. There is, therefore, a need to improve the assessment of potential and actual impacts and to really understand what works and what does not. That’s why high-quality evaluation practices are essential: to overcome the barrier due to the lack of confidence in the results, and to foster experience sharing.

While the primary focus is on evaluations of energy efficiency policies and programmes the IEPPEC actively seeks out work from evaluations related to low carbon or sustainability policies and programmes (e.g., renewable energy generation, transport, waste management, water, food production, etc.), in particular when these other fields have interactions with energy efficiency.

Harmonisation of energy savings calculation and verification methods can promote consistency and credibility of energy savings estimates for similar energy efficiency programmes and policies (EEPs) but it is not easy. Questions to be addressed include:

  1. Should protocols specify rigorous energy savings calculation methods or rather stipulate requirements for reporting of energy savings?
  2. Should the focus be on gross or net energy savings?
  3. Should protocols address first-year or lifetime energy savings?
  4. Should verification procedures be specified in detail or should protocols set out best practices for verification of energy savings?
  5. How does public policy influence the need for harmonised methods?


  • Jean-Sébastien Broc, Researcher and Consultant at the Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) and Broc Research & Consulting
  • Elizabeth Titus, Director of Research and Evaluation at the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) and Senior Manager at the NEEP EM&V Forum
  • Cédric Jeanneret, Energy Efficiency Advisor and member of the Energy Transition Directorate at SIG (Services Industriels de Genève)
  • Daniel Cabrera, Energy Efficiency Senior Researcher at the University of Geneva

You can find more information here ( or contact directly our colleague Jean Sebastien Broc (