There are ambitious targets for energy efficiency improvement on a European and national level. The Energy Services Directive requires that energy companies contribute to meeting these targets. Against this backdrop, there is a debate on whether a new energy efficiency improvement mechanism (e.g., energy efficiency obligation or energy saving trust) should be introduced in Germany as well, as it has already been the case in several EU Member States.
The consequences and opportunities for energy companies deriving from such a development were being analysed by RWE with scientific support and advice by Wuppertal Institute. By using a qualitative criteria-based approach, the project assessed possible energy efficiency improvement mechanisms as to whether they adequately support achieving the set energy efficiency targets, whether they allow energy companies to act in an entrepreneurial way and also what benefits and risks arise for all relevant players including politics and end-users.