Briefing Notes

Title: Energy Efficiency Market Architecture & Policy Framework: The Spanish Case

Date: May 2022

Description: This briefing note provides the Spanish context on the path towards an environmentally sustainable economy and specifically in the field of energy efficiency. The Spanish energy efficiency market framework and the policy architecture are briefly presented in order to highlight the main aspects that promote the financing of sustainable investments in the country. Several aspects have come together to generate a favourable climate for investment in energy efficiency; public aid lines, the volatility of energy prices, concern about the climate crisis, and the need to reduce energy dependence on foreign countries, among other aspects, support the growth of this sector at the national level.


Title: Triple-A Survey on the Categorisation of Risk Mitigation Strategies, Financing Instruments and Financial Schemes

Date: May 2022

Description: The 12th Triple-A Briefing Note presents and analyses the results that emerged from the Triple-A stakeholder consultation on the categorisation of risk mitigation strategies, financing instruments and financial schemes for energy efficiency investments. The consultation took place from December 2021 until February 2022 and was based on a dedicated online questionnaire. Valuable results have emerged from the process, such as the importance of risk reduction through collateral, project aggregation, and proper project design to promote and mainstream energy efficiency measures throughout the case study countries, and the main financing instruments identified such as the green loans, the green bonds and the energy efficiency auctions.


Title: Triple-A Recommendations: & Lessons Learnt towards Enhancing Energy Efficiency Investments

Date: May 2022

Description: This Briefing Note summarises all lessons recommendations and learnt from Triple-A activities towards enhancing energy efficiency investments. A series of 9 in total recommendation sets have been developed as integrating highlights from work conducted during the Triple-A project activities. The fields covered in the recommendation sets are barriers and ways for boosting energy efficiency investments at EU and Member States level, risks to overcome, findings from the evaluation and benchmarking of energy efficiency investments, highlights from the development and implementation of Triple-A Web-based Database and the Triple-A Standardised Tools, stakeholder’s outreach, and engagement outcomes, as well as lessons learnt from the exploitation strategy for the energy efficiency financing tools that was developed within the framework of the Triple-A project.


Title: Energy Efficiency Market Architecture & Policy Framework: The Dutch Case

Date: March 2022

Description: This bote gives an overview of the applicable regulatory forces, the market architecture, and policy framework related to the energy efficiency (EE) investments in the Netherlands. The Netherlands shows to be a favourable climate for EE investments shown through the number of (national) schemes which are available to enhance the uptake of EE investments. The Dutch identified Triple-A projects are put central and the applicable laws, regulation and subsidy schemes that are available to them are matched, in this way giving a hands-on example of EE in the Dutch context that is to be followed by comparative EE undertakings.


Title: Financing Energy Efficiency Projects: The Case of Italy

Date: March 2022

Description: This 9th Briefing Note provides an overview of the applicable regulatory forces, the market architecture, and policy framework related to the Energy Efficiency (EE) projects in Italy. Compared to some of the other Triple-A case study countries’ governments, the Italian government is recently starting to put more attention in renewables and EE. With the launch of the Next Generation EU (NGEU) program in 2020 the EU provided an important number of financial resources to accelerate the growth. Amongst the applicable and relevant laws and regulation, EE policies and tax deductions, as well as National Inventory Report – ISPRA, are described. Details of the Italian market architecture and policy framework are provided, related to Italian subsidy schemes that foster sustainable investments and energy transition, and how these are applied to each of the Triple-A sectors: Buildings, Industry, Transportation, District Energy Networks and Outdoor Lighting.


Title: Energy Efficiency Policy in the Czech Republic

Date: March 2022

Description: Energy savings are an integral part of the national energy policy in the Czech Republic in accordance with EU climate action and energy policy objectives and legislation. There are numerous public support schemes channelling significant funds in subsidies and other supportive measures that may promote energy efficiency investments. However, despite the coordinated effort by numerous ministries and other state institutions, the goals set by Articles. 5 and 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive have not been met yet. Therefore, increasing effectiveness of public support and facilitating financing and implementation of energy efficiency projects presents an opportunity to be sought after.


Title: Energy Efficiency Market and Policy Framework Status: The Case of Germany

Date: March 2022

Description: This briefing note presents the current situation in the German Energy Efficiency (EE) market, as well as the policy framework that supports EE investments in Germany. In particular, the briefing note describes operations in, and provides data on the German EE market in key EE target sectors such as buildings, transport and industry.


Title: Triple-A Webinar Series:  Financing Energy Efficiency Projects  

Date: October 2021

Description: The 6th Triple-A Briefing Note presents the key learnings and takeaways from the topics discussed and feedback collected during the Triple-A Capacity Building Webinar series. The webinars were hosted and organised by the eight Triple-A partner countries between the period from April to June 2021. The goal was to increase awareness of the project and disseminate the knowledge required to effectively use and implement the solutions provided by the Triple-A methodology, Standardised Tools and Database on Energy Efficiency Financing. 


Title: Triple-A Web-Based Database: Bridging the Transparency Gap in Energy Efficiency Financing

Date: June 2021

Description: The 5th Triple-A Briefing Note presents the data, specifications and functionalities of the Triple-A Web-based Database, as well as how these support each involved actor in Energy Efficiency Financing and contribute towards mainstreaming Energy Efficiency Investments. Besides, the key insights that can be extracted from the information included in the Triple-A Web-based Database and enrich relevant stakeholders, are presented. 


Title: Integration of two Standardised Approaches for Transparency Improving of Energy Efficiency Investments and Confidence between Owner and Investor in Building Sector

Date: April 2021

Description: The 4th Triple-A Briefing Note focuses on the potential of integrating two standardised approaches Triple-A and the Investor Confidence Project (ICP), so that the implementation of an already identified Triple-A project will bring maximum benefits, taking advantage of the strengths of both standardised approaches. This could provide additional clarity and transparency on how to invest in Energy Efficiency projects and provide additional confidence for potential investors. Indicative Energy Efficiency projects are presented summarizing lessons learnt from the investment implementation.


Title: Triple-A Survey on Investors Preferences on Energy Efficiency Investments

Date: March 2021

Description: The 3rd Triple-A Briefing Note presents and analyses the results that emerged from the Triple-A stakeholder consultation on the investors’ preferences on Energy Efficiency investments. The consultation took place from February to March 2021 and was a structured participatory approach that utilised a questionnaire dedicated to this purpose. Sixty-eight (68) responses were provided by bankers, investors and EE experts across the eight Triple-A case study countries, namely Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Spain and the Netherlands.


Title: Triple-A Survey on Building Sector: The Case of Greece

Date: February 2021

Description: The 2nd Triple-A Briefing Note analyses the results of the Triple-A stakeholder consultation in Greece. The consultation took place during the period from June to July 2020 and was a structured participatory approach that utilised a questionnaire dedicated for this purpose. In particular, the Questionnaire developed as part of the Triple-A stakeholder consultation process was on the Building Sector and in cooperation with the Association of Greek Valuers (A.VA.G.) received seventy-seven (77) responses by key stakeholders (i.e., bankers, investors, and real estate professionals).


Title: Seven Horizon2020 Projects Advice EU Leaders how to prepare Buildings for the Energy Transition

Date: December 2020

Description: Seven Horizon 2020 projects worked together for the preparation of an inclusive briefing on how to prepare buildings for the energy transition. Recommendations to policymakers and all interested stakeholders are presented, based on 7 Horizon 2020 projects’ findings and objectives, investigating ways to enable the mass adoption of energy efficiency measures and smart technologies supporting the uptake of more renewable energy sources. The contributing projects are SENSEI, Triple-A, NOVICE, QUEST, U-CERT, AmBIENCe and LAUNCH.