With the EEW-Initiative the European and national Parliamentarians aim at creating a policy for increased energy efficiency in the EU to guarantee Europe's energy supply and to accomplish the huge challenges we are facing today and in the future. The objective is to bring energy efficiency technologies into action wherever and whenever possible. A close co-operation between European, national, local and regional level and all involved stakeholders is needed to act - not only talk - and to watch that energy efficiency measures will be properly implemented..
Through the EEWI, Members of the EU-27 national Parliaments and the European Parliament will have a proper channel to influence the national Energy Efficiency Action Plans (EEAPs). The Energy-Efficiency-Watch-Initiative will facilitate Parliamentarians to be informed on the state of play regarding the EEAPs in all 27 EU MS and to exchange information on best energy efficiency practice. This initiative should also help raise awareness on the national EEAPs in all EU-27 Member States. Advisory partners from the scientific and industry sector will support the EEW and will closely monitor and evaluate the EU Energy Efficiency Action Plan and the National Energy Efficiency Action Plans.
Energy Efficiency is high on the agenda of the EU. Member States (MS) are called to develop programmes to promote energy efficiency. The Directive on Energy End-Use Efficiency and Energy Services (“Energy Services Directive”) and the European Energy Efficiency Action Plan define requirements for this process: MS shall come up with national Energy Efficiency Action Plans until mid-2007 and develop them in 2007-2017. This process will be evaluated by the EC.
In the beginning of 2006, Parliamentarians of the European Parliament and of EU MS created the Energy-Efficiency-Watch-Initiative (EEWI) and called for an Energy-Efficiency-Watch. The Energy-Efficiency-Watch-Project (EEW) follows their call and is a major tool of the EEWI (see the call above). It shall be a "common flag for energy efficiency" within Europe.
Main target group of the EEW are Parliamentarians and Civil Servants in national administrations. The EEW aims to support their political work in the field of energy efficiency – mainly related to the national EEAPs. The project accompanies the political process around the EEAPs. The project consortium will use adequate ways to address Parliamentarians and Civil Servants in order to put their focus on energy efficiency and to provide them with tools for implementing good energy efficiency legislation.
The EEW will evaluate the EEAPs and other policy measures in the different sectors of energy efficiency (buildings, transport, electronic appliances etc.). The EEW will show best/ worst policy practice and highlight missing pieces in the EEAPs.
The EEW also aims at creating a dense network of key players in the field and at offering a platform for industry and NGOs. These actors will be involved both as input providers and disseminating partners. Thanks to the initiating Parliamentarians, representatives of both groups have already declared their commitment. They will bring in their knowledge through reference groups. The EEW shall enable them to express their views on the political process and help to improve the upcoming political decisions on energy efficiency within Europe and especially on the Member States’ level.
The EEW evaluation is understood as a complementary contribution and additional dissemination channel for the evaluations done by the European Commission. It anticipates the call of the Energy Services Directive to establish an exchange of views within society:
"(10b) The improvement of energy efficiency will benefit from the exchange of information, experience and best practice at all levels, including in particular the public sector."
Whilst integrating a broad variety of experience, knowledge and opinions, the EEW wants to be a serious and neutral vehicle for assisting Parliamentary and governmental decision-making in Europe. It thereby provides an added value to the already existing landscape of interest groups, scientific institutes and public opinions.
Results will be communicated through the EEW-website, regular assisting state-of-the-art-reports and briefings to the Parliamentarians and Civil Servants, an EEW-conference, several specific Parliamentary evenings across Europe and via EU-Presidency-Briefings. Through the events, the EEW wants to create a fruitful environment for the Parliamentarians and give them the opportunity to discuss energy efficiency policies and to exchange views about successful activities in that field.