StreamSAVE – Streamlining Energy Savings Calculations

StreamSAVE – Streamlining Energy Savings Calculations

Coordinator: IEECP

  • Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy Stichting (IEECP)
  • Vlaamse Instelling Voor Technologisch Onderzoek N.V. (VITO)
  • Fundacion Circe Centro De Investigacion De Recursos Y Consumos Energeticos (CIRCE)
  • Instituto De Sistemas E Robotica-Associacao (ISR-UC)
  • European Copper Institute (ECI)
  • Seven, The Energy Efficiency Center Z.U. (Seven)
  • Centre For Renewable Energy Sources And Saving Foundation (CRES)
  • Institut Jozef Stefan (JSI)
  • Lgi Consulting
  • Viesoji Istaiga Lietuvos Energetikos Agentura (LEA)
  • Austrian Energy Agency (AEA)
  • Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Énergie (ADEME)


StreamSAVE will support Member States (MS) in harmonizing accurate, bottom-up energy savings calculations of technical priority actions under Article 7, as well as Article 3 of MS’ EED reporting. The actions will be targeted to those measures with high-energy-saving potential and considered as priority issues by MS. To understand MS priorities, the consortium performed an online survey in May 2019. For each of the identified priority actions, StreamSAVE is fostering transnational knowledge exchange between public authorities and other key-stakeholders along the following axes:

– Axis 1: Knowledge facility where MS are guided through the status of energy saving methodologies in the EU28 and how they can streamline and improve their bottom-up energy savings calculations.

– Axis 2: Peer-to-peer dialogues among public authorities and other key-stakeholders to share experiences, reflect on and validate the streamlined calculation methodologies.

– Axis 3: Capacity support facility assisting MS in implementing streamlined energy savings calculations for specific requests to improve their obligations under Article 3 and Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive.

An online StreamSAVE platform will be set-up to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences among MS according to the three axes. The project would assist MS to deliver rapidly scalable savings and hence maximize their chances of successfully meeting the EED energy savings targets. Methodologies developed in this way would be eligible for use on a voluntary basis, but would benefit from the pooling of European expertise and experience and thus support best practice while avoiding duplicative effort.

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 890147.

To deliver a sustainable and long-lasting Energy Union, its pillars need robust grounds and engagement of a great variety of actors.

In order to achieve the 2020 targets of 20%, and 32.5% by 2030, the implementation of the energy efficiency pillar such as foreseen in the Energy Efficiency Directive especially calls for the full engagement of the public sector at all governance levels, who often act within limited time and resources.
Several lessons can already be learned. The EED has triggered numerous positive developments at national level within the Member States by setting targets and requirements to incentivise and enable investments in energy efficiency programmes across all sectors. With regards to the implementation of its Article 7, half of the Member States overachieved their cumulative savings target over the period 2014-2016 and half of the Member States have set an energy efficiency obligation scheme (EEOs). Concerning Article 3 of the EED, “17 Member States managed to reduce or keep the final energy consumption level until 2017 below their hypothetical linear trajectory for reaching their targets by 2020”. However, the Article 3 estimates of primary and final energy consumption in 2017 indicate that the EU is no longer on track to meet its 2020 targets for energy efficiency, with 5.3% above the targets for primary consumption, and 3.3% for final energy consumption. Therefore, Member States broadly recognise that there is a need to mobilise additional efforts to reverse this trend to reach the aforementioned targets.

The streamSAVE project has the objective to address this gap by assisting public authorities in the harmonisation of energy savings calculations under Article 3 as well as under Article 7 of the EED.

More specifically, streamSAVE will build capacity through the creation of an open dialogue that will focus on streamlining calculation methodologies to estimate bottom-up savings and to assess cost effectiveness of technical energy savings actions. The project will target actions with high energy saving potential and considered as a priority issue by national public authorities.
To fulfill this objective, it is crucial to engage public authorities, energy agencies and their representative from the start so that a strong dialogue can immediately be built and that the co-creation of knowledge between knowledge partners and energy agencies, tailored to their real-life needs, can effectively be embedded into practice. In that sense, streamSAVE will support public authorities and key stakeholders in 10 Member States represented in its consortium (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain), and show the replication potential in at least 3 non-consortium countries (Romania, Slovakia, Finland).