Enefirst Plus: Plugging Energy Efficiency First In

The energy efficiency first (EE1st) principle is defined and endorsed in EU legislation. The purpose of EE1st is to consider the demand-side resources, such as energy efficiency and demand-response as the other types of energy resources for energy planning, investment, and policy. However, the previous evaluations of the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) and similar projects, such as ENEFIRST shows that implementing the EE1st is easier said than done.

Therefore, the ENEFIRST Plus project will support the key stakeholders to complement the existing resources for investment in energy infrastructure, energy planning, and designing incentives. Through this project, new practical guidelines and “real-life examples” will be provided on implementing the EE1st principle. In addition, ENEFIRST Plus pursues to test the resources for 8 “real-life” cases in 4 countries (Croatia, Greece, Italy and Poland) and extend the outcomes to 27 Member States. Building capacity and stakeholders’ engagement through learning cycles are one of the core components of ENEFIRST Plus which results in a community of practice. Furthermore, an online platform will collect the most relevant information and resources about EE1st.


Enefirst Plus objectives:

  • Provide public authorities and other stakeholders with hands-on resources to implement EE1st
  • Demonstrate how EE1st can be implemented with pilot cases in 4 countries
  • Grow a community of practice, increase stakeholders’ knowledge and capacities, and maintain an open forum for practical discussions about EE1st
  • Provide a one stop shop for knowledge and resources on EE1st 


Link to Enefirst Plus main website: https://ieecp.org/projects/enefirst-2/

Coordination contact: Vlasis Oikonomou, IEECP, vlasis@ieecp.org

Communication contact: Axelle Gallerand, IEECP, axelle@ieecp.org

EIHP contact: Vesna Bukarica, vbukarica@eihp.hr

Co-funded by the European Union under project n°101120880. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or CINEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.