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Newsletter #4 - January 2022
Dear friends and colleagues,

We would like to start this newsletter by wishing you a healthy and happy New Year. May 2022 bring many exciting opportunities to put the Energy Efficiency First (EE1st) principle into action!  

The proposed EPBD recast was published by the Commission last December, and the trilogue on the EED recast is ongoing. The next months will determine the details of the EU energy policy framework for the coming years, with EE1st as one of its major guiding principles. 

The last few months of 2021 were very busy for the ENEFIRST project. In October we published the "Concept development for a model-based assessment of the E1st Principle" report, setting the methodology for assessing EE1st in EU scenarios (results to be presented on 23 February, see details below). This was swiftly followed by the publication of the "Guidelines on policy design options for the implementation of E1st in buildings and the related energy system" in November and an infographic on the topic. The third ENEFIRST webinar "Energy Efficiency First in practice: implementing integrated approaches" complemented this new resource.

A lot more remains to be done as we enter the final semester of the project! We are currently asking all ENEFIRST stakeholders to fill in this short feedback survey and join us on 23 February, 2022 for the online stakeholder's workshop "Quantifying Energy Efficiency First in EU scenarios: Implications for buildings and their energy supply"

Read about this and all the other latest news from the project. 

PS. Stay tuned for the announcement of the fourth and final webinar, as well as the national workshops in Germany, Hungary and Spain, and, last but not least, the Final Conference of the ENEFIRST project in late spring/early summer. We hope that the Final Conference can be an opportunity to meet in person!
Register now for the online stakeholder's workshop "Quantifying Energy Efficiency First in EU scenarios: Implications for buildings and their energy supply"

[Online stakeholder's workshop] Quantifying Energy Efficiency First in EU scenarios: Implications for buildings and their energy supply (Wednesday 23 February 2022, 14:00-15:00 CET)

This workshop provides an overview of the main results from three EU scenarios simulated in the ENEFIRST project to assess the implementation of the Energy Efficiency First principle in buildings and energy supply.

We would like to bring our stakeholders together to explore and discuss these model-based results in view of providing inputs to current policy debates. The discussions will be partly in plenary and in breakout groups.

The workshop is primarily meant for policy officers, policy analysts, modelling experts and stakeholders interested in results from national or EU energy scenarios.
Registration link. More details to be available soon here.

Register now!

After two years, three dissemination webinars, four stakeholders’ or experts’ workshops and nine reports already published, we would very much welcome your views about your experience with ENEFIRST. Please take part in this quick 5-question survey
Your feedback will be very helpful for us to prepare the activities and outputs of the last semester of ENEFIRST!


[Report] Guidelines on policy design options for the implementation of EE1st in buildings and the related energy systems

This report adds a holistic perspective to the concept of Energy Efficiency First (EE1st) and provides guidelines to promote integrated approaches for implementing EE1st across different policy areas within the energy system.

This contribution aims to break the silos in policymaking and implementation, with a focus on energy planning and investment schemes in the buildings and related energy systems, where supply-side and demand-side options can be considered jointly to provide long-term benefits to society and the energy system as a whole.

The report also provides a targeted review of the Fit-for-55 package proposed by the Commission in July 2021, analysing the new or revised provisions that can be connected with the implementation of the EE1st principle. It is complementary to the Recommendation and guidelines on Energy Efficiency First published by the European Commission in September 2021.

Read the report

[Report] Concept development for a model-based assessment of the EE1st Principle

This report presents a methodological concept for a model-based analysis of the EE1st principle for the EU-27. It describes the scope and objectives of this modelling approach, the scenarios developed and the models and assumptions used. It also discusses the added value and limitations of the approach. The implementation and results of these scenarios will be presented at the workshop on 23 February (see above), and then in more detail in subsequent reports of the ENEFIRST project.

The main objective of this energy system analysis is to investigate what level of demand and supply-side resources should be deployed to provide the greatest value to the EU’s society in transitioning to net-zero GHG emissions for the building sector by 2050. On the demand side, the analysis focuses on the resource option of end-use energy efficiency in buildings, investigating the contributions of thermal retrofits, efficient appliances, and other measures towards the net-zero target. On the supply side, the analysis quantifies the possible deployment and costs of various generation, network and storage options for the provision of electricity, district heat and gas products for the building sector.

The approach used is in line with the guidance for quantitative assessments of demand and supply side resources in the context of the Efficiency First principle, previously developed in the project.

Read the report


Implementing Energy Efficiency First requires looking at the entire energy system and using an integrated approach for energy planning and investment. This means jointly considering the possible evolutions in the energy demand and supply to find the optimal balance which takes into account all societal benefits and risks, with a long-term perspective.
Discover how to implement the EE1st principle through an integrated approach with a focus on energy planning and energy-related investments in our new infographic.
And for more details about policy guidelines for integrated approaches, see the latest ENEFIRST report.


[Online stakeholder's workshop] Quantifying Energy Efficiency First in EU scenarios: Implications for buildings and their energy supply (Wednesday 23 February 2022, 14:00-15:00 CET) 

See more about the event above and click here for the registration link. More details will be available soon here.
EERAdata Decision Support Tool Workshop and Training Event (15 February 2022, 11:00 CET) 
The EERAdata project comes to its end and would like to thank you for your interest, participation and feedback throughout the last 31 months. To conclude the project, the EERAdata Team wants to invite you  to an in-depth Training session on the EERAdata Decision Support Tool, its socio-economic and LifeCycle Assessment software for energy efficiency interventions on the public building stock.
This will give you a detailed tour through all functions of the tool, explain the different workflows and data management principles and also how you can use it and experience it yourself.  The project wants to improve the feature set together with you and, most importantly, think about the next steps, the future of its findings in an interactive workshop format directly after the training. Registration is open here

Energy Efficiency First in practice: implementing integrated approaches 
In our third webinar, we looked at two examples from Croatia and Sweden to discuss how implementing Energy Efficiency First (EE1st or similar concepts) is about adopting more integrated approaches, respectively for investment decisions and for local energy planning. We also presented the latest ENEFIRST outputs that provide implementation maps and policy guidelines to support the design and implementation of integrated approaches for EE1st. Additionally, there was an overview of how Member States are implementing EE1st from the brand new EE1st facility of the ODYSSEE-MURE project.

In case you missed it or would like to refresh your memory, you can find the recording here.
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