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multEE Report Summary

Project ID: 649829
Funded under: H2020-EU.3.3.7.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - multEE (Facilitating Multi-level governance for energy efficiency)

Reporting period: 2015-03-01 to 2016-08-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

multEE aims to improve the consistency and quality of energy efficiency policy planning and implementation through innovative monitoring and verification schemes, as well as through improved coordination between different administrative levels.

Public authorities play a key role in the reduction of EU energy consumption. Member States as well as Signatories of the Energy Community Treaty in Southeastern and Eastern Europe must produce and implement National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs) as well as detailed action plans in specific sectors such as the renovation of buildings or the application of high-efficiency cogeneration and efficient district heating and cooling systems. Local and regional authorities are also developing plans at their own level and other public authorities play an important role, too. Whereas some Member States have a longer tradition in planning and implementing energy efficiency measures and built up the necessary capacities and developed technical tools others are still in the initial stages and are facing numerous difficulties.

The following key issues will be tackled within the framework of this project:

A lack of reliable data on energy efficiency measures and their results:
Monitoring systems, based predominantly on energy statistics instead of bottom-up data from implemented projects, do not provide a clear overview of energy efficiency measures implemented at different administrative levels and on their effectiveness and cost efficiency. The innovative and easy to use Monitoring & Verification systems developed through multEE empowers national governments, municipalities and regional actors to collect data and follow-up on energy efficiency measures implemented in their jurisdiction, streamlining the process and freeing up capacities for other activities. Capacity-building for introducing and using the system is provided by the project.

Multi-level governance of energy efficiency to be improved:
The horizontal and vertical integration of energy efficiency policy between different governmental levels remains an issue in many European countries. Energy efficiency plans on the municipal, regional and national level are often not sufficiently harmonised and sometimes pursue divergent goals. Better vertical coordination mechanisms can help energy policy planners to better align the activities on different levels, design more effective and efficient support schemes based on improved understanding of local conditions and needs and thus keep up with the national saving targets.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The project is working along two pillars: One focusing on Monitoring & Evaluation Schemes (Work Package 2) and the other one on Coordination Mechanisms (Work Package 3) with a situation analysis upfront (Work Package 1).

The situation analysis in WP 1 aimed at assessing the current situation in the partner countries (AT, DK, GR, HR, LT, LV MK, SK) and identifying good practices for Monitoring and Verification Schemes and Coordination Mechanisms in Europe. Therefore a survey of all EU 28 countries plus FYR of Macedonia has been conducted using questionnaires. The results have been complemented by interviews and desk research. Based on this survey a number of good practice countries have been selected that were scrutinised in more detail through country studies to better understand proven schemes and mechanisms and explore their transferability to other countries.

Based on these results existing gaps with regard to Coordination Mechanisms and Monitoring & Verification Schemes have been identified and analysed within WP 3. In the remaining 12 months of project implementation concrete proposals for improving mult-level governance coordination will be developed and discussed in workshops with key stakeholders in the countries.

Within WP 2 existing measures for calculation of energy savings from individual measures (bottom-up) have been compiled and a number of new ones developed that resulted in the publication “Document with general formulae of bottom-up methods to assess the impact of energy efficiency measures”. With these measures as a basis a proto-IT platform has been programmed during the reporting period which will be localised and adapted to the needs of each partner country in the remaining year of project implementation.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

MultEE’s impact will be visible along several lines:

Improved capacities of public officers
MultEE will directly affect those officials who will work and get involved with the M&V schemes developed for partner countries within WP2, their number is being estimated at around 500 directly in touch with the M&V scheme and trainings.

The group of those officials who participate in the workshops proposed in WP3 (estimated around 15 on evarage) goes beyond those using the tool on a day-to-day basis. With the comprehensive communication and dissemination efforts undertaken by multEE, officials beyond partner countries will be impacted as well.

Improved policies and plans
multEE’s deliberate aim is to target all levels of administration and the range of energy efficiency and sustainable energy plans attached to them. This means multEE has an impact on a high number of plans, potentially affecting all plans within partner countries positively.
Since different plans need to be updated in different intervals and according to different schedules which are not necessarily harmonised with the project duration the full effect will only be visible over time. In the reporting period a total number of 15 plans have been influenced by activities or results produced by the multEE projects. A further 136 are expected until the end of the project and up to 200 more in the long-term.

Energy Savings triggered by the project
Since energy savings in projects focusing on the policy level can usually not be measured directly a specific methodology has been developed and presented in the DoA to estimate additional savings triggered by the project through improved multi-level governance. This amounts to up to 10,5 TWh until the end of the implementation period.

EED and ESD implementation
multEE will have an important impact on improving the quality of Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and Energy Services Directive (ESD - for the Energy Community Countries) implementation with regard to monitoring and reporting achieved energy savings towards the Commission or other competent bodies.

Better public spending and more evidence-based policy making
In the long-term through the evaluation of bottom-up data from the Monitoring and Verification Platform scares public resources can be saved by basing future energy efficiency programmes on most cost-efficient measures with the highest savings. Energy efficiency policy can thus be formulated more evidenced-based using data from the IT tool.

More targeted support schemes
Close coordination and improved horizontally and vertically information exchange between actors on the different administrative levels is expected to lead to more targeted national support schemes based on the most effective measures in the past and adjusted to the real needs of lower governmental levels.

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