Develop a framework for operationalizing E1st in the EU

Enefirst will develop a framework for operationalizing E1st in the EU and its MS, drafting definitions on the principle and content, barriers and exploring best practices, taking into account the governance structures, the operationalization steps, the practical implementation and finally the relevance for the European framework.

Boundaries explored in depth

Furthermore, the boundaries are explored in depth in the form of barriers to realising E1st in the EU in several policy areas that are linked to energy efficiency in the buildings sector (legal and regulatory; institutional capacity, regulatory, considering the way that energy planning and the related policy take place including multilevel governance; to economic and social/cultural barriers (in relation to buildings, heating systems, etc.).

Quantitative analysis

The qualitative knowledge and background assimilated is followed by a quantitative analysis. enefirst will develop an energy system cost approach to E1st (based on quantitative bottom-up energy system modelling) and expand this approach further to a multi-criteria analysis focusing on trade-offs between end-use efficiency and network/supply options on the one hand, as well as enhancing efficiency on the energy supply side on the other hand.

5 concrete case studies

From the estimations on the two options, we will model 5 concrete case studies (such as the building renovation and the grid expansion in specific areas and others) and validate the operationalization of the E1st principle. The modelling will be carried out with FORECAST Appliances (energy demand from electric appliances), ENERTILE (European electricity sector model), eLoad (demand response model), INVERT (buildings) and a model for heat grids.

Enefirst will screen different policy areas

At a policy level, enefirst will screen different policy areas (such as buildings renovation, heat policy, renewable policies, capacity markets, tariffs, and energy networks) for the application of the E1st (on the energy demand and supply sides) and design a set of policy options for implementing E1st in EU MS focusing on specific case studies. More specifically, based on the best practices collected at the project start, we will analyse through stakeholder consultation the most suitable policy areas for the implementation of the E1st principle (such as buildings, heating, capacity markets, tariffs and energy networks).

The research will produce guidelines for policy design

The research on these areas will produce guidelines for policy design for E1st principle (focusing on buildings) and an identification of the risks, barriers, integration challenges, motivation and timing for policy introduction for specific EU MS.

Analysis and policy lessons

We will then analyse and provide policy lessons for transferring these policies in EU MS. Starting from the national policy contexts of EU MS, we will identify the preconditions for implementing the E1st principle, analysing the design characteristics of such policy instruments, setting the transferring process required for policy adaptation in 3 EU MS/regions selected and finally synthesising the knowledge to provide concrete policy recommendations.

Workshops, events and consultation practices

An important element of the project is the information and best practices exchange through workshops, events and consultation practices.