EPATEE (Evaluation into Practice to Achieve Targets for Energy Efficiency)

Directives on energy efficiency such as the Energy Efficiency Directive EED or the Energy Performance Directive for Buildungs EPBD trigger a great variety of policies throughout EU Member States. The effort put into developing and implementing these policies is well documented in existing National Energy Efficiency Action Plans NEEAPs. Soon, emphasis will be put on finding out how effective they were to create new policies that allow meeting current and future energy savings targets. Unfortunately, several barriers limit policy evaluation. This results in a lack of quantitative data, and impedes evidence-based analysis required to distinguish effective from ineffective policies.

EPATEE aims at tackling this problem by raising the capacity of policymakers and implementers to assist Members States to fulfil their obligation under energy related Directives. The project will provide them both with tools and with practical knowledge to make effective impact evaluation an integral part of the policy cycle. EPATEE makes use of existing evaluation experiences in a range of instruments, such as energy efficiency obligation schemes, regulations, financial incentives and voluntary agreements. Lessons learnt from other EU initiatives and good practices in how to successfully evaluate the impact and cost-effectiveness of such energy efficiency policies will provide the basis for the development of guidelines and good practice evaluation tools. A set of 20 to 30 tools enabling state-of-the-art evaluation will be developed and integrated into a smart online toolbox, which interactively assists users in picking the most relevant tool for their specific evaluation need.

This guidance material provides the basis for the most important aspect of EPATEE: target-oriented experience sharing and capacity building. Findings will be discussed together with policymakers through peer-learning workshops, webinars, direct consulting, and other means of communication and dissemination. All activities will strive at realizing synergies with other EU projects such as ODYSEEE-MURE, ENSPOL, MultEE and the CA EED.


  • European Commission (DG RTD, Horizon 2020)

Project Consortium

  • AEA Österreichische Energieagentur - Austrian Energy Agency, Austria
  • ADEME Agence de l'environnement et de la maîtrise de l'énergie, France
  • ATEE Association Technique Energie Environnement, France
  • ECN Energy research Centre of the Netherlands, Netherlands
  • EIHP Energy Institute Hrvoje Pozar, Croatia
  • FIRE Italian Federation for Energy Efficiency, Italia
  • Fraunhofer ISI Fraunhofer Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung, Germany
  • IEECP Institute for European Energy & Climate Policy, European network, headquartered in the Netherlands
  • LEI Lithuanian Energy Institute, Lithuania
  • Motiva Oy, Finland