The Energy Efficiency De-risking Project

There is a large potential for energy savings in buildings and industry in Europe.

  • Buildings are responsible for 40% of final energy consumption and industry is responsible for 26% of final energy consumption in EU
  • 75% of buildings were built with no or minimal energy-related building codes and 75-90% of today's buildings will still be in use in 2050
  • EU's industry is a world leader in energy efficiency, but there are still substantial potential savings
  • EU's investment need in energy efficiency 2014-2035 (for 2⁰C scenario, IEA) is 1300 billion USD in buildings and 154 billion USD in industry

Energy efficiency investments have multiple benefits for Europe:  

  • Increase supply security through reduced reliance on imported energy (presently 400 billion EUR per year) 
  • Enhance competitiveness of Europe's industry 
  • Reduce global and local environmental problems 

The EEFIG 2015 report highlighted among others the following problems:  

  • Lack of evidence on the performance of energy efficiency investments makes the benefits and the financial risk harder to assess.


  • Lack of commonly agreed procedures and standards for energy efficiency investment underwriting increase transaction costs.



In continuation of the EEFIG 2015 findings, the EEFIG de-risking project is now addressing the fundamentals of energy efficiency investments in the buildings and corporate sectors through: 

  • Creation of an open source database for energy efficiency investments performance monitoring and benchmarking 


  • Interpretation of gathered data and development of a investments risk/performance modelling methodology 


  • Development of common, accepted and standardized underwriting and investment framework for energy efficiency investing



Become a user

  • Enhance your understanding of and access to energy efficiency finance related business opportunities
  • Streamline underwritng procedures through the development and use of a common language for energy efficiency underwriting
  • Decrease due diligence and transaction costs
  • Better risks assessment through high quality and credible data framework 

Become a data provider

  • Contribute to creating of European evidence base which is key to "get the EE policy and market story right"
  • Acknowledgement and visibility as data contributor
  • Benchmarking your project performance versus others
  • Connect your data to investors
  • Influence the industry best practice

How to engage
Public and private financial institutions, industry representatives and sector experts may through EEFIG be engaged in an expert dialogue and contribute to enhancement of the fundamentals of energy efficiency investments in the buildings and corporate sectors.

You may contact:

European Commission:

DG Energy - Unit C3



Last update: 20-09-2017