This tool represents a quantitative indicator approach to assess the implementation of the Energy Efficiency First (EE1) principle developed as part of the ODYSSEE-MURE project. The facility aims to provide an insight into the treatment of energy efficiency on the political level, which goes beyond the implementation of policies on energy efficiency.

The EE1 principle was defined and established as a leading principle with the Clean Energy for All Europeans package in 2016. In short, the principle requires demand resources to be considered on par with supply-side solutions and prioritized whenever they are less costly or deliver more value than alternative options. This approach should be applied in every planning process, decision-making and investment relate to the energy sector.

An indicator approach was developed to assess the degree to which the Member States have implemented the EE1 principle in the preparation of their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). The indicator consists of 5 dimensions:

  • Treatment of energy efficiency in the Policy-making process
  • Removal of barriers to energy efficiency
  • Treatment of challenges to energy efficiency
  • Integration of EE1 on the regional and local level
  • Monitoring of energy efficiency

Each dimension consists of number of criteria, which add up to 13 criteria in total.

The indicator was applied to 14 Member States. To results of those assessment can be examined by using the implementation function of this tool. It shows the results of each country for the 13 criteria.

Under the function benchmark, you can see how the countries compare against each other in each of the 5 dimensions.

Further details on the policies and measures, which the Member States have implemented to handle challenges to the success of energy efficiency, are given under the function challenges.

Since the purpose of the EE1 principle is to promote the full exploitation of the economic energy efficiency potentials, the function potentials shows the extent to which cost-efficient energy efficiency savings are realized by the Member States.

For more detailed information on the construction of the indicator you may look at the following publication.