Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway support energy efficiency programmes in Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland and Romania. Each programme, while sharing the same overall objective, is tailor-made to align with national needs and wider EU and donor country priorities.
The donor countries are committed partners with the EU in efforts to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% compared to 1990 levels, increase the share of renewables in energy consumption to 20% and increase energy efficiency by 20% by 2020.
Potential gains from stepping up energy efficiency in Europe are considerable. EU figures show that energy use in residential and commercial buildings contributes about 36 % of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions. Through cost-effective energy efficiency measures, significant emissions reductions and cost savings can be achieved.
Programmes in this area help beneficiary countries to improve energy efficiency in buildings, transport and industry, in particular in high polluting and energy-intensive sectors. Other important activities include to raise awareness and improve education about energy efficiency and improve the capacity and knowledge of public authorities.
- Reduced emissions of greenhouse gases and air pollutants
- Improved energy efficiency in buildings
- Increased energy efficiency in industry and the transport sector
- Increased utilisation of excess heat
- Improved capacity at national, regional and local level to undertake energy efficiency measures
- Increased awareness of and education in energy efficiency