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Launch Event of the European Commission’s Recommendation and Guidelines on Energy Efficiency First: From principles to practice

The European Green Deal identifies energy efficiency as one of the key solutions across sectors that will help achieve climate neutrality  at the lowest possible cost.

While energy efficiency first is not new as a concept, there has been a need to make the principle more operational and to support its practical implementation across different sectors, ranging from the energy supply and distribution to the end-use sectors. With the recommendation on energy efficiency first, the Commission has now issued guidance on how to apply and implement the principle and offering practical solutions.

The event will take place in the afternoon of 28 September 2021 online. It will be opened by the Commissioner for Energy, Ms Kadri Simson, and introduced by Mr Massimo Garribba (tbc), Deputy  Director General for DG Energy. A preliminary agenda is available here.

Following the presentation of the recommendation and related guidelines by the Commission, some stakeholders from the various most relevant sectors for the implementation of the principle will illustrate what energy efficiency first means specifically for their sector and how its application could look like.

The event will also launch the Energy Efficiency Financial Institutions Group (EEFIG) working group on energy efficiency first.

This  event  is  organised  as  part  of  the  Sustainable  Energy  Investment  Forums  contract,  funded  under  the  EU Horizon  2020  programme  and  managed  by the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency (CINEA).

The event will be conducted in English.

To attend the event, we kindly ask you to register no later than 27 September 2021.

Should you have any questions, please contact:

M. Maciej Grzeszczyk, DG Energy, ( or

Ms. Nathalie Cliquot, CINEA, (

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Energy Efficiency First
On-line Launch Event Recommendation and Guidelines on Energy Efficiency First: From principles to practice

“Energy Efficiency First” has been a guiding principle in European climate and energy policies for many years. It considers energy efficiency as a source of energy in its own right and as a “first fuel” in planning processes and investment decisions. It has been an essential element of the energy union and the Clean energy for all Europeans package. It is defined in the Governance Regulation, which inter alia requires EU countries to consider it in their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). In the European Green Deal package, adopted in July 2021, the Commission proposed to incorporate the principle as a legal provision in the Energy Efficiency Directive.



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