Directive 2012/27/EU (commonly referred to as Energy Efficiency Directive – EED) requires each Member State (MS) to apply an Energy Efficiency Obligation scheme (EEOs) or alternative policy measures that would deliver a certain amount of end-use energy savings over the 2014-2020 obligation period. The ENSPOL project has identified two main barriers to the introduction of new EEOs and alternative policy measures:

  • the complexity of setting them up; and
  • the range of different approaches already implemented in different EU MS (and beyond). MS must fully understand them before they can make informed decisions about how to design/optimize their own solutions or schemes.

In the above framework, ENSPOL’s main aim is to support MS that intend to set up new EEO schemes (Austria, Bulgaria and Greece) or route alternative measures (Netherlands) that could create synergies with a future EEO, according to the requirements of the Article 7 of the EED. It also plans to inform the on-going development of existing schemes (Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Poland, UK), and support MS with an existing EEO scheme to improve it, learning from and building on existing experiences. The specific objectives of ENSPOL are to:

  • Assess the relative strengths and weaknesses of EEOs and alternative measures based on the existing experiences and plans of MS and make recommendations for the most appropriate approaches against different criteria and under different conditions;
  • Improve the knowledge and capabilities of MS (both within and outside of the project) with regards to the different options available for implementation of Article 7 (EEOs and alternative measures);
  • Ensure the effective engagement of a broad range of stakeholders with an interest in the implementation of Article 7 and promote a wide consultation;
  • Complement and enhance the work of existing EU and MS initiatives concerned with the implementation of Article 7 EED.

ENSPOL will develop detailed guidelines, tailored to the corresponding national circumstances and, by ensuring carefully planned and well managed stakeholder engagement activities, will successfully deliver a comprehensive package of support to MS, ensuring effective knowledge transfer and capacity building in project partner countries. The project, apart from building on traditional communication methods (conferences, workshops, newsletters etc.) will also exploit the benefits from more innovative approaches such as “train the trainer” for policymakers, the establishment of permanent observatories both at EU and national level and the creation of a one-stop-shop web based stakeholder platform. This platform will facilitate MS to easily access information and effectively guide them on all issues relating to the adherence of Article 7. MS with EEO and/or White Certificate schemes will also benefit from ENSPOL, as they can incorporate lessons learned from other MS or policies to their schemes, and through a process of continuous improvement to ensure the maximization of their own schemes’ impact.