On April 5th, the European Joint Research Center presented the interactive and collaborative online European Energy Efficiency Platform. This beta platform is conceived to fill the gap opened by scattered data and fragmented knowledge resulting from a rapidly growing energy efficiency market. It is expected to be both a one-stop shop for information retrieval and a meeting point for experts to exchange data and reduce redundant activities.
The launch is also a call upon the energy efficiency community to contribute to the collective effort of strengthening the knowledge base in this field of growing importance. The core features of the E3P are four mutually reinforcing collaborative tools around energy efficiency: the Data Hub, the wikEE, the Community and the Calls.
The Data Hub is a one-stop-shop for the collection of data. The wikEE is for experts’ collaboration. Both aim at supporting those in charge of the development, implementation and monitoring of energy efficiency policy, such as the European Commission DGs, national ministries in charge of energy efficiency policies (energy, buildings, financing, etc.) and local authorities, as well as other beneficiaries such as the industry, consumers’ organisations, standardisation bodies, research institutes, the scientific community and NGOs at the EU, national, regional and local level.
The information collected in the E3P is organised around six thematic areas relevant for energy efficiency, including Buildings, Transport and Mobility, Industry, Products, Energy Distribution and Urban Areas. The building section addresses policies, technologies, and financing for deep renovation, Near Zero Energy Buildings and districts. Energy Efficiency is at the core of the Europe’s 2030 strategy, setting up an indicative target at the EU level of at least 27% for improving energy efficiency (EE) of future energy consumption based on the current criteria (European Council Conclusions, 2014).