The H2020-funded project enefirst releases a new publication, authored by BPIE and co-authored by IEECP and RAP: it focuses on barriers to implementing efficiency first In the EU in several policy areas linked to energy use in the buildings sector (such as network codes, renewable energy policy, building regulations and others).
The report builds the analysis from a literature review and results from a survey.
The barriers are legal, regulatory, institutional, organizational, economic and more, and the top persisting barriers identified are political will and cultural differences.
A majority of respondents point as barrier the lack of expertise, knowledge, awareness or understanding: a proactive dissemination of good practices, case studies and the multiple benefits of E1st is important.
Implementing E1st can work only if every actor understands what it means for them: making E1st a common practice implies making E1st part of everyone’s work.