Since the introduction of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) in 2012, energy efficiency policy frameworks have been developed across EU Members States. In order to meet Article 7 of the EED (energy savings obligation), energy efficiency programmes have been (re)designed and implemented and MRV systems put in place or further developed.
Yet, in the start of 2020, the EU looks unlikely to meet its headline Article 3 EED energy efficiency targets. The recast of the EED in 2018 closes a number of loopholes in the original Directive and the accompanying Guidance Note sets out ways in which Member States can comply with its requirements (European Commission, 2019a).
Against this backdrop, there is broad recognition of the need to improve various aspects of policy (re)design, implementation and MRV. This report sets out 15 gaps in the design, implementation and monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) of energy efficiency programmes in EU Member States. Tackling these gaps, through knowledge sharing, the development of tailored resources and tools and in-house assistance will be central aspects of the EU Horizon 2020 project ENSMOV.
Public policy officials responding to the earlier 2019 ENSMOV survey (see here) highlighted a number of high priority topics, and these priorities underpin many of the gaps identified in this report. Beyond those that can be identified from ENSMOV survey results, a number of other gaps emerge from an analysis of recent policy developments.
The 15 gaps to be addressed are:
- Ensuring the sustainability of energy efficiency obligation schemes
- Ensuring the sustainability of subsidy programmes
- Designing evaluation-ready programmes
- Ensuring additionality
- Ensuring materiality
- Raising awareness about the opportunities for and the benefits of energy efficiency
- Involving wider stakeholders in the policy design and implementation process
- Defining the technical aspects of MRV systems
- Designing practical MRV guidance and tools to ensure programme integrity
- Designing and implementing cost-effective MRV systems
- Designing and implementing energy taxation measures as part of an efficiency policy
- Designing and implementing energy efficiency auctions
- Designing and implementing policy measures to deliver savings in the transport sector
- Designing policies that are effective at mobilising private resources to invest in energy efficiency
- Taking account of the need to alleviate energy poverty results
See the full report here: https://ensmov.eu/report-on-gap-analysis/
Author: Samuel Thomas, Regulatory Assistance Project
Responsible administrators: Mia Dragović Matosović and Vlasis Oikonomou, IEECP
With thanks to: Jan Rosenow (Regulatory Assistance Project), Bettina Reidlinger (Austrian Energy Agency), Serafeim Michas (University of Piraeus Research Center ), Christian Deconninck (ATEE), Dario di Santo (FIRE)