In the near term, energy efficiency is the most cost-effective means for reducing Europe’s domestic CO2 emissions. The ECF Energy Efficiency Programme promotes this approach by supporting policies that shrink the amount of energy consumed in the built environment.
What We Do
The Energy Efficiency Programme pursues a number of strategic initiatives to increase energy efficiency in the European economy. By 2020, the European Commission estimates that the EU’s existing energy saving policies—plus measures in the pipeline—will only lead to 11% of the targeted 20% reduction in primary energy consumption.
We aim to ensure that effective energy policies are adopted and implemented at the EU and national levels by leveraging a network of political contacts, grantees and other experts in Brussels and Member States. Technical and policy advice is targeted at the most winnable political opportunities.
- Creating the regulatory and market framework for large-scale energy efficiency investments. This includes a suite of policies, such as a binding EU-wide energy saving target, public financing using EU-wide funds and power markets rules, and national energy efficiency obligations.
- Energy-efficiency in buildings. We support a multifaceted approach to achieve mandatory efficiency rules for buildings. We also promote regulatory measures and financial incentives that lead to the construction and retrofit of net-zero or low-energy buildings. The focus is on ensuring the implementation of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and the financing and delivery of energy efficiency retrofits to existing buildings.
- Energy-efficiency in products. We aim to significantly reduce the energy consumption of appliances and equipment via stringent Minimum Energy Performance Standards and associated labelling requirements set according to the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives.
Energy Efficiency Grants list
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Programme Director, Energy Efficiency