The Concerted Action (CA) was initially launched in spring of 2008 in support the implementation of the Energy Services Directive (ESD); which later became the Directive on Energy Efficiency (EED).
The CA was launched in all EU Member States, including Norway and provided a trusted forum where Members States could exchange experiences and collaborate. With the CA in place, countries could learn from each other, avoid pitfalls and build on the successful approaches of others when implementing the Energy Efficiency Directive.
The CA primarily involves the national authorities or bodies appointed and entrusted with implementing the Directive.
The work carried out within the CA revealed the wide difference in the energy efficiency measures across Europe and a clear need for the exchange of information between Member States.
In Spring 2017, the second grant agreement for the Concerted Action of the Energy Efficiency Directive (CA EED 2) was launched.
The CA EED is financed under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It builds upon the work of the first Concerted Actions (CA ESD/EED).
The CA EED benefits from a strong European network and a wealth of information gathered and lessons learned.
The work of the CA EED is structured around fourteen expert areas which reflect the EED. These expert areas are:
1. Energy efficiency schemes and measures: planning, monitoring and verification and savings calculations
2. Public buildings
3. Public purchasing
4. Long term building renovation strategy
5. Metering and billing and billing information
6. Demand side resources
7. Grid efficiency and transformation efficiency
8. Energy services and ESCOs
9. Energy audits and management systems
10. Certification of energy services, training and certification of energy auditors and energy managers
11. Efficiency in Energy Supply, high efficiency CHP and heating/cooling
12. Energy efficiency obligation schemes and alternative measures
14. Information and training
The work carried out within the CA EED is designed to meet the needs of EED implementing organisations. In order to do this a number of options are available to the Concerted Action. One of the main activities is the organisation of Plenary Meetings, these aretwo-day meetings spread over the duration of the action.
Each Plenary Meeting involves a number of parallel sessions focusing on one of the expert areas or on a topic which spans different expert areas.
For each topic, a working group composed of up to 3 participants from different Member States, is established and is responsible for collecting information, preparing discussions on the topic and summarising key findings after the Plenary Meeting.
Following the meeting a number of outputs are made available including proceedings, presentations and good practice factsheets.
The CA EED has a flexible structure and is designed to be able to respond to the needs of our target audience. In addition to Plenary Meetings the CA EED facilitates webinars on specific EED and EED related topics, convenes in-depth workshops where there is a clear call for more detailed information on a specific topic, provides a platform for bilateral exchange and much more ….
There are two sister Concerted Actions which support the transposition and implementation of the Renewable Energy Sources Directive and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, namely the CA RES and CA EPBD respectively.