The Energy Community’s Energy Efficiency Coordination Group (EECG), a regional working group and platform supporting energy efficiency acquis implementation and donor support coordination, met on 5 March in Sarajevo. More than 60 representatives from the Energy Community Contracting Parties, Observers, the European Commission, international financial organizations and donors, as well as civil society and other energy efficiency experts, took part in the meeting.
The event was dedicated to sharing experiences with respect to the implementation of the energy efficiency acquis and briefing each other on the latest progress achieved on the national level since the group’s last meeting and perspectives for the way forward. Informing the participants on the latest developments in the EU, the European Commission outlined the main elements of the EU’s 2050 long-term strategy for a climate-neutral Europe and the Governance Regulation.
This time, representatives of the EU’s Regional Energy Efficiency Programme for the Western Balkans (REEP Plus), Green Economy Financing Facility, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), KfW Development Bank and the European Investment Bank (EIB) took the floor to present their energy efficiency support programmes that benefit largely from the EU’s financial support, and ensure that Contracting Parties’ needs are matched with adequate financing. Best practices in strategic planning and innovative financing were presented by the United Nations Development Programme and German development agency GiZ.
The next day, the EECG was followed by a USAID BiH sponsored conference on “energy efficiency obligation schemes”, a market-based instrument for achieving the energy savings targets under Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU delivering the biggest contribution to energy efficiency standards. In order to assist the Contracting Parties in the implementation of the schemes, the Secretariat together with the EBRD and in cooperation with the European Commission has published Policy Guidelines, which were presented at the conference.
Both events were co-organised with the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina and USAID.