There is still significant potential to improve energy efficiency in all sectors and levels. Facing the often cited "energy efficiency gap," even the profitable potential is not fully exploited. Highlighting and quantifying the additional values of energy efficiency measures and investments considering the Multiple non-energy Impacts (economic, social and environmental impacts) could help closing this gap and facilitate energy-relevant decisions and policy-making. The objective of the MICAT project is the development of a comprehensive approach to estimate Multiple Impacts of Energy Efficiency. MICAT will enable analyses at three different governance levels (local, national and EU) to address a broad target group and interested actors. This allows simplified analyses to be carried out on the basis of different data and policy scenarios in order to compare and assess the relevance of the Multiple Impacts.
The project sets a sound empirical basis for monitoring Multiple Impacts while providing a publicly available and easy usable online tool (MICATool) which shall be developed in a co-creational manner with the respective governance levels. The national and local cases for monitoring Multiple Impacts of Energy Efficiency will be developed further in a broad stakeholder and dissemination approach to set a standard for future reporting on Multiple Impacts of Energy Efficiency.
The project also plans a lively exchange with relevant stakeholders and other related H2020 projects to create synergies and maximise the benefits of the online tool. Based on the results policy recommendations will be derived that may be of interest to different ministries and facilitate policy communication on energy efficiency.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101000132.