Integrating Energy Efficiency First in the final update of National Energy and Climate Plans (Enefirst Plus)

February 29, 2024

The recast of the Energy Efficiency Directive, through its new Article 3, has strengthened the legal basis for the Energy Efficiency First Principle (EE1st) to support its application. The Governance Regulation of the Energy Union and Climate Action (Regulation (EU)2018/1999), in its Article 3(3), requires Member States to take into account EE1st in their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). The first NECPs were due in 2019. Their draft update was due by 30 June 2023, with a final update of the NECPs due by 30 June 2024.

This webinar of the ENEFIRST Plus project will discuss whether the integration of EE1st in NECPs has improved in the draft NECP updates compared to the first NECPs, and how this could be further enhanced.


– Introduction by our project coordinator, Vlasios Oikonomou, Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy Foundation (IEECP)

– Insights from the European Commission’s assessment of the draft NECP updates, Veronika Jiříčková

– Summary of changes brought by the fit-for-55 package relevant to the implementation of EE1st by Zsuzsanna Pató, from Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)

– Panel discussions about how to integrate EE1st in NECPs:

  • Christos Tourkolias (Centre for Renewable Energy Sources and Saving (CRES), Greece)
  • Vesna Bukarica (Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar, Croatia)

The webinar will also feature the tool from MICAT – Multiple Impacts Calculation Tool and resources from the Regio1st project!

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