The European leaders have given handshake to reduce Europe’s annual primary energy consumption by 20% by 2020. And the European Structural Funds are increasingly being used to reach this target.
The European Commission have contracted Ramboll together with the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) to perform the ex-post evaluation of the investments made under the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund to increase energy efficiency in public and residential buildings during the 2007-2013 funding period. The identified best practices will support even more targeted investments in the field over the 2014-2020-period.
The evaluation assessed the rationale for using the European Structural Funds to invest in energy efficiency and collected early evidence of effectiveness of investments in energy efficiency in public and residential buildings for the period of 2014-2020.
Important conclusions to spur further investments
The objective of the study was to understand how the European Structural Funds (namely the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund) have been used across the different Member States of the European Union to invest in the energy efficiency of buildings.
The evaluation is also an important instrument to inform national and regional authorities, the general public and other stakeholders about the outcome of the initiatives already taken in the period 2007-2013, and to show best practice examples for the use of the funds in the future.
The team put together for this assignment has been highly qualified with experts within European Regional Development Fund, evaluation of EU-programmes, return on social economic investments, as well as in energy efficiency.
The project started in November 2014 and ran for a year. The final report of the evaluation has been published alongside the other work packages assessing the use of the European Structural Funds.