Policy dialogue

Why is energy efficiency policy dialogue important in the Western Balkans?

Significant potential for energy efficiency investments remains untapped in the Western Balkans. Such potential is higher than in many other countries in transition due to neglected maintenance of industrial equipment and buildings as well as the presence of a large stock of equipment beyond its economic and also physical life. However, improving energy efficiency faces challenging barriers – many which can be addressed, at least in part, by improving the framework conditions (policies) governing energy efficiency markets. The Energy Efficiency Policy Dialogue component of REEP works with governments in the Western Balkans to assist them to upgrade their energy efficiency policy frameworks.

What does the REEP Energy Efficiency Policy Dialogue offer?

Through consultation with officials and stakeholders from the Western Balkans, it was decided to offer policy assistance in three priority areas that support the countries’ implementation of their National Energy Efficiency Action Plans (NEEAPs):

  • transposition of the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD);
  • public procurement rules and guidelines for the purchase of energy efficient equipment; and
  • utility energy efficiency policies and reforms to energy tariffs, metering and billing.

    This ‘menu’ of policy assistance was offered to Western Balkans countries. Country selection of policy dialogue assistance is shown below.