Energy Efficiency Watch

How to make Europe´s economy more energy efficient?


This question lies in the focus of the Energy Efficiency Watch 3 project of which primary aim is to facilitate implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive in Europe. It activates and consults core networks (national and European Parliamentarians, civil servants, regional and local networks, mayors, experts, associations, industry etc.), builds up knowledge (via screening of National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs) and survey on the implementation of energy efficiency policies in Europe) and disseminates results (via briefings, conferences, brochures).


The project looks into the implementation of energy efficiency policies on the ground in all 28 EU Member States. To this end, an EU-wide survey on the implementation of national energy efficiency policies will be conducted and national policy documents will be screened as well numerous and various stakeholders will be consulted. 


The Energy Efficiency Watch 3 project started on 19 August 2014 and runs until 18 August 2017.

There are 7 project partners of Energy Efficiency Watch 3: EUFORES, Wuppertal Institute, Ecofys, Energy Agency of Upper Austria, eceee, FEDARENE and Energy Cities. The project is coordinated by EUFORES. 


Background of Energy Efficiency Watch 

The cross party and cross country initiative "Energy Intelligent Europe", composed of the Members of the European Parliament Anders Wijkman (PPE), Mechtild Rothe (PSE), Fiona Hall (ALDE), Claude Turmes (Greens) and Umberto Guidoni (GUE) together with the national Parliamentarians Jorge Moreira da Silva (Portugal, PPE), Alan Whitehead (UK, Labour Party), Pavel Gantar (Slovenia, Liberal Democrats), Boris van der Ham (Netherlands, Lib. Dem.), Anne Grete Holmsgaard (Denmark, Greens) and Ulrich Kelber (Germany, SPD) call for:"ACTION, NOT TALK" and for an "ENERGY EFFICIENCY WATCH" with the aim of making Europe the most energy and transport efficient economy in the world.


With this initiative the European and national Parliamentarians aim at creating a policy for increased energy efficiency in the EU to guarantee Europe's energy supply and to accomplish the huge challenges we are facing today. The objective is to bring energy efficiency technologies into action wherever and whenever possible. A close co-operation between European, national, local and regional level and all involved stakeholders is needed to act - not only talk - and to watch that energy efficiency measures are properly implemented.


 The Energy Efficiency Watch provides Parliamentarians with the information on the state of play regarding the NEEAPs in all 28 EU Member States and contributes to exchange information on best energy efficiency practices. This initiative should also help raise awareness on the NEEAPs in all EU 28 Member States. 

Energy Efficiency Watch 1

In the beginning of 2006, the above mentioned Parliamentarians called for an initiative to support energy efficiency in Europe. The result was an Energy Efficiency Watch project which became one of the major tools in implementing energy efficiency legislation in the EU.


The Energy Efficiency Watch 1 project evaluated national Energy Efficiency Action Plans 1 (NEEAPs) and showed good policy examples and highlighted missing elements in the NEEAPs.


Even though the main target group were Parliamentarians and civil servants in national administrations, industry and NGOs were used as input providers and dissemination partners.


Please click here for more information on Energy Efficiency Watch 1.


Energy Efficiency Watch 2

Energy Efficiency Watch later continued thanks to the Energy Efficiency Watch 2 project which was running from mid 2010 to mid 2013. Based on an EU-wide survey and NEEAPs screening and broad consultation, Energy Efficiency Watch 2 prepared 28 country reports providing an overview of national energy efficiency measures and their implementation in all EU Member States. The project results are available here


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