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Streamlining Energy Savings Calculations

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - streamSAVE (Streamlining Energy Savings Calculations)

Reporting period: 2020-09-01 to 2022-02-28

To deliver a sustainable and long-lasting Energy Union, its pillars need robust grounds and engagement of a great variety of actors. In order to achieve the targets of 32.5% by 2030, the implementation of the energy efficiency pillar such as foreseen in the Directive 2018/2002/EU amending Directive 2012/27/EU (Energy Efficiency Directive, hereafter EED) especially calls for the full engagement of the public sector at all governance levels, who often act within limited time and resources.
The EED has triggered numerous positive developments at national level within the Member States by setting targets and requirements to incentivise and enable investments in energy efficiency programmes across all sectors. However, according to the European Commission’s 2020 report, the national contributions to the 2030 EU target, as reported in the final National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), fall short of the ambition currently set at 32.5%. To further increase the level of ambition, therefore, requires that most Member States will tap under-used energy savings opportunities.
The streamSAVE, Streamlining Energy Savings Calculations, project has the objective to address this gap by assisting public authorities in streamlining energy savings calculations under Article 3 as well as under Article 7 of the EED, which are devoted to energy efficiency targets and national energy efficiency obligation schemes, respectively.
Coordinated by VITO (Flemish Institute of Technological Research), and gathering 12 partners from 10 countries, streamSAVE provides the support needed to increase Member States’ chances of successfully and consistently meeting their energy efficiency targets, by improving bottom-up savings estimations and assessing cost effectiveness of technical energy savings actions. For 36 months, and based on stakeholder needs, streamSAVE targets Priority Actions, such as heat recovery and electric vehicles. The objective is to foster transnational knowledge exchange and dialogues between public authorities, technology experts, and market actors. At the end of the project, the key stakeholders will improve their energy savings calculation skills and ensure thus the sustainability and replicability of the streamSAVE results towards all European Member States. Looking further ahead, the streamSAVE guidance, interactive platform and lively community of experts will lead to continuous exchanges and progress in increasing energy efficiency in Europe.
At the start of streamSAVE, an extensive stakeholder consultation showed that there are savings potentials that have not been adequately covered by existing bottom-up methodologies. As for other methodologies that are already available, Member States find it difficult to identify the baseline or calculation values for the savings estimations in accordance with the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) framework. streamSAVE, therefore, identified five initial Priority Actions: Heat recovery from industry and district heating; Building automation and control Systems (BACS); Commercial and industrial refrigeration systems; Private and public electric vehicles; and Lighting systems including public lighting. For these Priority Actions, standardised calculation methodologies, indicative calculation values including guidelines on Member States’ customisation, cost parameters and related CO2 savings were developed. Public authorities and other stakeholders have easy access to and can practice these new bottom-up calculation methodologies into the streamSAVE platform ( Moreover, the consortium compiled an overview on standardised calculations across the European Union. In total, 582 methodologies with application in various activity sectors were translated and described, covering a wide range of technologies and end-uses.
The sharing of experiences among Member States is facilitated by streamSAVE’s lively community of experts. Peer-to-peer dialogues have been organized, in which stakeholders discuss technical and economical details about the Priority Actions in relation to Article 3 and 7 of the EED. Additionally, the streamSAVE platform and online forum enable the continuous exchange of knowledge. The first cycle of dialogues has been organized from March 2021 to February 2022, including nine dialogue web-meetings and two dialogue workshops. The workshops were scheduled in close collaboration with the H2020 projects ENSMOV and the CA EED. According to the participants’ feedback, the dialogues resulted in a better understanding of key issues and practices related to savings calculations in other EU countries in the context of the EED.
In the Capacity Support Facility, the 10 partner Member States received one-to-one technical support, covering the Priority Actions of electric vehicles, BACS and heat recovery. The Facility resulted in the real-case application and validation of the bottom-up calculation methodologies and related indicative values. Across the 10 Member States, 18 energy efficiency policies will be potentially improved covering the first round of Priority Actions characterized by a considerable unexploitable energy savings potential.
streamSAVE’s stakeholders could prioritize the savings actions for the second round of Priority Actions during the first, annual feedback survey. The following second round of five PA could be identified: small-scale RES heating; modal shift of freight transport; energy poverty; motor replacement; and behavioural changes by feedback and tailored advice. For this new round of technical savings actions, streamSAVE will provide support on calculation methodologies to estimate bottom-up savings and to assess the cost effectiveness during the second part of the project.
To aid Member States to further intensify efforts to deliver energy savings in the short to medium-term 2030, streamSAVE assists Member States in improving energy savings reporting and the implementation of under-used energy savings actions. streamSAVE’s main goal is to expand the policy scope of energy efficiency actions to achieve potential energy savings that were unexploited so far. The savings actions are targeted to those measures with high energy saving potential and considered as priority issues by Member States, the so-called Priority Actions.
To achieve the expected impact in 13 Member States, a number of activities are carried out such as establishing dialogue groups per Priority Action, and the publication of hands-on guidance displayed on the streamSAVE online platform in a user-friendly manner, delivering a real Knowledge Facility. As a result, many public officers in the EU-27 will increase their skills/capacity on Art. 3 and Art. 7 EED reporting and implementation. But most importantly, streamSAVE will help Member States expanding the scope of their efficiency measures to address new ones, thanks to the focus on 10 Priority Actions. Improvements are expected to at least 20 energy efficiency policies related to the Priority Actions across the 10 consortium Member States, as well as 3 replication countries, leveraging potential new energy savings in these countries. Moreover, the project creates a long-lasting experts’ community discussing technical and economical details about Priority Actions improving policy makers’ capacity to implement, monitor and redesign policies to comply with Article 3 and 7 requirements.