Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) - BE

Founded in 1992, the Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP) is a global non-profit with offices and major programmes in US, China, India and Europe. Since 2009, RAP has operated significant energy and environmental programmes in Europe. RAP Europe has offices in Brussels and Berlin and staff based in Germany and the United Kingdom (UK). The Europe team has built effective relationships with numerous EU agencies, NGOs and institutes, and is often sought out for advice on complex energy and regulatory issues. RAP’s global team has first-hand knowledge of the constraints and challenges policymakers face. Building on peer-to-peer relationships, RAP helps policy makers and NGOs navigate the complexities of energy efficiency policy, regulation and markets.

RAP has been instrumental for developing the principle of Efficiency First and has worked extensively on the implementation of the principle over the last 5 years, having been a key advisor to the European Commission, government departments and stakeholders across Europe for many years. The RAP team published more than 10 papers and reports on what Efficiency First is, where it is already implemented and operational, and best practice around the world and in Europe. RAP also developed more detailed suggestions for implementing Efficiency First at European level in all parts of the Clean Energy for All Package, in Germany and in the UK.

Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) - NL

IEECP is a non-profit international research institute that brings together top experts in energy efficiency and climate policy issues. Its members have participated individually or coordinated a series of energy and climate policy projects from the FP7, Intelligent Energy Europe, and Horizon 2020 programmes, where they demonstrate their extensive experience with project management and coordination tasks.

The core team is comprised of specialists working in advisory roles for energy and carbon policy and market since its inception, and their evaluation, and on stakeholder consultation management practices for energy and climate policy. The research members have a demonstrable list of scientific publications in scientific journals in the field of energy and climate policy.

Energy Economics Group of Technische Universität Wien (TUW) – AT

The Energy Economics Group (EEG) is within the Institute of Energy Systems and Electric Drives at TU Wien. The core areas of research in EEG are:

  • Dissemination and integration of strategies for renewable and state-of-the- art energy systems,
  • Energy modelling, mapping and analysis of energy policy strategies,
  • Competition in energy markets (liberalization vs. regulation),
  • Global and local environmental aspects (life cycle analysis, cumulated energy demand, CO2-emissions),
  • Sustainable energy systems and climate change,
  • Integration of RES-e into transmission grids,
  • Macroeconomic studies (employment, value added) of RES, e-mobility, energy storage, energy efficiency and smart grids.

EEG has managed and carried out numerous national as well as international research projects funded by the European Commission, national governments, public and private clients in several fields of research, with special focus on renewable and new energy systems. EEG employs a permanent scientific staff of 25-30 people. The expertise of the staff members of EEG ranges across all disciplines necessary to analyse the above-mentioned topics. EEG keeps up many national and international co-operations.

  • Role in the project: Simulation of energy demand for heating and cooling in the European building stock, estimation of cost for efficiency measures related to heating and the heat supply side (e.g. heat pumps, district heating grids), and calculation of district heating potentials and district heating costs based on regionally disaggregated data.
  • Contact: Lukas Kranzl,

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung e.V. (Fraunhofer ISI) - DE

The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI is part of the Fraunhofer Society for Applied Research in Germany, a non-profit corporation, which promotes applied research and assures the link between fundamental and industrial research. The Fraunhofer Society is mostly financed through contract work for public bodies at European, national and regional level as well as for industrial companies. The research society has around 60 research institutes all over Germany.

The Fraunhofer ISI complements the scientific and technological spectrum of the Fraunhofer Institutes through interdisciplinary research on the interdependence between technology, economy and society. Adding new perspectives for decision-making processes, Fraunhofer ISI in Karlsruhe analyzes the scientific, economic, social and political origins and market potentials of innovative technological developments and their impacts on the economy, state and society. The interdisciplinary research teams focus on emerging technologies, industrial and service innovations, energy policy and energy systems, sustainability and infrastructure systems, innovation and technology management and foresight, policy and regions as well as regulation.

The Institute employs more than 160 permanent staff. They process around 280 research and consultancy projects per year, some in close cooperation with other research institutions inside and outside the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft.

The Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets examines how the political and institutional framework of sustainable energy systems can be designed, further developed and evaluated. It is structured in the four Business Units Renewable Energies, Energy Policy, Climate Policy and Electricity Markets and Infrastructures. The Competence Center Energy Technology and Energy Systems analyses innovative energy  technologies and their contribution to a sustainable energy system from a strategic perspective. It consists of the four Business Units Energy Efficiency, Energy Economy and Demand Analyses and Projections Demand Response and Smart Grids.

Central European University (CEU) - HU

CEU, founded in 1991, is a graduate-level university where faculty and students from more than 100 countries come to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems. It is accredited in both the United States and Hungary, and offers English-language Master’s and doctoral programs in social sciences, humanities, law, management and public policy.

Located in the heart of Central Europe – Budapest, Hungary – CEU has developed a distinct academic and intellectual focus, combining the comparative study of the region’s historical, cultural, and social diversity with a global perspective on good governance, sustainable development and social transformation. Within CEU, the department of Environmental Sciences and Policy is an international center of excellence in environmental and sustainability research and teaching with a focus on interdisciplinary and critical scholarship in energy transitions and climate change; environmental and resource governance; environmental justice, politics and humanities; and sustainable management of socio-ecological systems.

  • Role in the project: assist in the assessment and quantification of the impacts of E1st, policy synthesis and recommendations and experience sharing on E1st.
  • Contact: Benigna Boza-Kiss,
  • www.ceu.edu

Institute for Resource Efficiency and Energy Strategies (IREES) - DE

IREES, based in Karlsruhe, is a private research institute established in 2006 active on climate change, sustainable development and energy efficiency in industry, and more particularly on the sustainable use of natural resources, technological and service-related options of energy, material efficiency and low-emission production processes since its foundation in 1991 under the name of BSR Sustainability. Moreover, analysis of conflict among set goals, possibilities available from innovative technology and emission policy are areas pursued by IREES. The team operates on interdisciplinary research units (energy efficiency industrial networks, energy projections and technologies and socio-economic research) that scale technological, economical and political fields in addition to a social-scientific agenda all geared towards a more efficient use of resources.

The Energy Efficiency Networks allow the interaction of investors (companies), energy engineers and moderators which has demonstrated that energy efficiency investments are realized more than companies that are not participating in the networks.

Role in the project: Conducting case study analysis for operationalising the energy efficiency first principle, implementing least cost evaluation tools and calculation with cost curves for energy efficiency measures, decentralised RES and district heating in buildings and industry, and simulation of energy demand in buildings, finally deriving policy recommendations.

The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) - BE

The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) is a not-for-profit think-tank with a focus on independent analysis and knowledge dissemination, supporting evidence-based policymaking in the field of energy performance in buildings, throughout Europe and beyond.

BPIE has a multifaceted approach to achieving efficiency improvements in buildings, and promotes policy support to further improve regulatory measures, financial incentives and market conditions that lead to the construction and retrofit of buildings with a high energy performance. The focus is on ensuring the vigorous implementation of the EU legislation linked to buildings across EU Member States, as well as to enhance financing of deep energy renovation of the existing buildings.

BPIE provides open-source research, analysis, knowledge-sharing and advisory activities to the European Institutions, policy-makers in EU Member States and neighbouring countries, the scientific community as well as private sector stakeholders and the civil society.

  • Role in the project:

BPIE will lead communication and dissemination activities as well as research on buildings-related barriers & success factors for E1st.