Briefing – Developments in the field of Energy Efficiency First


Multiple benefits and the Efficiency First principle


The war in Ukraine and current tensions with Russia put in the spotlight the vulnerability of Europe to energy imports. Energy Efficiency First (EE1st) is more than ever an essential principle to secure that Europeans’ energy needs are met while delivering a Just Transition and not jeopardizing the climate goals.

An IEECP webinar gave a brief update about developments in the field of EE1st, looking at the proposals in the fit-for-55 package, the just-out REPowerEU communication and recent outputs from European projects, including tools from EERAdata and MICAT, or the P4P concept developed by SENSEI to “trade” energy efficiency among parties. The below items were presented during the short event:

  • What does efficiency first mean in practice? What are the barriers to its implementation? The EU Commission guidelines? How can we monitor the implementation?
  • Why should we look first at the demand side measures (vs supply-side measures)?
  • What is sufficiency?
  • How can we integrate E1st in energy-related investment decisions?

This briefing gathers the key points.

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