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EU Commission presents working document on the assessment of the 27 National Energy Efficiency Action Plans

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The European Commission has prepared a synthesis report of the complete assessment of all 27 National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAP). The document is available since 25th June 2009 at the Interparliamentary EU Information Exchange (IPEX) and also on the BUILD UP portal. The National Energy Efficiency Action Plans were required by Directive 2006/32/EC on energy end-use efficiency and energy services (Energy Services Directive).
NEEAPS are intended to stimulate the translation of energy savings objectives into concrete measures and actions at the level of each Member State, create dialogue between the Commission and Member States and set implementation milestones. For the purpose of the first NEEAP each Member State should have adopted an overall national indicative savings target of 9 % or higher, to be achieved and measured in 2016 and an intermediate national indicative savings target to be achieved in 2010. The report at hand provides a synthesis of the assessment of the strategies and measures adopted by each Member State and presented in their first NEEAP. Due to considerable delays in notification (the 27th NEEAP was notified on 6th June 2008, almost a year after the initial transposition deadline) and translation, the individual assessments were concluded only in early December 2008. The Commission has summarised the assessments as follows: "Several NEEAPs present comprehensive strategies and plans, that if implemented are likely to meet the ESD-target. However, many also seem to present a business-as-usual approach that may fall short of the target." Read more about the summary of the assessments, the lessons for the future and the individual assessments per country in the attached Commission staff working document.

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