The Energy Efficiency Coordination Group (EECG) is a regional coordination platform that steers the implementation of the Energy Community energy efficiency acquis. The Group meets generally three times per year.
The Energy Efficiency Coordination Group evolved from a Task Force to a Coordination Group with a mandate granted for an unlimited period of time due to the challenges ahead. The Energy Efficiency Task Force was the first task force to be established by the Ministerial Council in 2007 (3rd MC conclusions).
The key task of the Energy Efficiency Coordination Group is to facilitate the transposition of energy efficiency directives into national legislation and support their effective implementation in practice. Below, please, find the list of energy efficiency acquis in force.
In parallel, the Energy Efficiency Coordination Group plays an important role as an initiator, coordinator and implementation partner of diverse regional technical assistance and investment programmes.
The Energy Efficiency Coordination Group brings together representatives of
- ministries and agencies in charge of energy efficiency from Contracting Parties and Observer countries;
- the European Commission; and,
- the donors community (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, World Bank, KfW, Open Regional Fund for South East Europe Energy Efficiency, EU4ENERGY, etc.).
- Work Program
The Work Program 2019-2020 focuses on the implementation of key requirements of the energy efficiency directives in the Energy Community, in particular on
- Energy Efficiency Directive, that the Energy Community adopted in 2015, including the new, amending Directive (EU) 2018/2002 from 11 December 2018;
- implementation of NEEAPs and their monitoring;
- promotion of the exemplary role of public sector and energy services;
- coordination of donors support for energy efficiency;
- promotion of existing support initiatives (EU IPA, REEP Plus, GIZ ORF EE etc.) and design of new ones;
It continues the work undertaken under the Work Program 2017 - 2018 and follows example of EU Concerted Actions to support the effective implementation of energy efficiency directives. It may also include other activities rising from the extension of the Energy Community Treaty in future and will promote stronger involvement of new Contracting Parties and candidate countries.
- Database on biomass based heating
Database on biomass based heating
At the Group's meeting in March 2020, the Secretariat unveiled the new online database on biomass-based heating, now integrated into the Energy Community public website.
The initiative aims to increase awareness about sustainable and efficient use of biomass. It features guidance for policy-makers to increase the use of biomass for heating in a sustainable manner as well as numerous public awareness raising materials, including best practice examples and policies across Europe and easy to download brochures and other materials.
With the support of the Secretariat, the World Bank completed the “Sector Study on Biomass-based heating in the Western Balkans” in October 2017. The new biomass database now displays the key deliverables of the project. All information is available in seven languages, Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian, English, Macedonian, Montenegrin and Serbian.
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