DG ENER Article 7 Assessment - Technical assistance on assessing progress in implementing article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and preparing the policy implementation in view of the new obligation period 2021-2030

The sound implementation and evaluation of Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) is of utmost importance for meeting the EU’s energy and climate targets. This study makes an important contribution not only through analysing in detail how Member States have implemented Article 7 but also through understanding the key challenges and best-practice for future redesign and implementation of policy measures.


This project is of critical importance for both supporting the European Commission with the implementation of Article 7 in the current phase (2014-2020) and also creating the framework for implementation for the second phase (2021-2030).



The main objectives of this project are:

  • to provide an assessment for each Member State of implementing Article 7;
  • to identify and show-case best-practice examples of sound implementation;
  • to carry out a quantitative assessment of the energy savings delivered by sector, policy in-strument, and compared to the Impact Assessment;
  • to analyse the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of EEOS and key alternative measures;
  • to critically evaluate the evaluation, monitoring, reporting and verification regimes in MS;
  • to identify lessons learned from implementation so far; and
  • to provide suggestions for developing the guidance note and develop a toolkit.


The study is structured into four steps:

(Task 0): Project inception: The project management structures are put into operation, the kick-off meeting is arranged and the scope and methodology of the project is discussed and agreed.

(Task 1) Member state assessment: The member states' approaches for implementing Article 7 are assessed based on their notifications and NEEAPs. This results in a set of country reports and a policy measures database.

(Task 2) Quantitative assessment of Art. 7: This involves a quantitative assessment of the impact of Article 7 on energy savings compared to expectations, an in-depth analysis of the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency obligation schemes, a critical assessment of the monitoring and verification approaches taken by MS, and identify the challenges and lessons learned from implementation of Article 7.

(Task 3) Developing recommendations: This task focuses on developing recommendations for the guidance note delivered by the European Commission and a toolkit to support MS with the implementation of Article 7.

The final report of the project will be published soon.


From December 2018 until December 2020.

Follow-up project started in February 2021.


European Commission - DG Ener


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