Who we are
The Energy Efficiency Action is part of the Unit on Renewable Energy of the Institute of Energy and Transport, one of the institutes that make up the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) Renewable Energy Unit provides scientific and technical support to the Commission services (DG TREN, DG ENV) for the design, the implementation and the monitoring of the EU energy efficiency policies and programmes.
Moreover, a number of EU programmes are managed directly by the JRC on behalf of DG TREN: these programmes include the GreenLight Programme, the Standby Initiative, the Motor Challenge Programme, the Luminaire Design Competition, the EuroDEEM database, and initiatives in the field of appliancess, building (e.g. the Thebis database) and industrial fields (e.g. E2MAS and LTAs), and DSM/ESCOs area.
The Joint Research Centre Renewable Energy Unit is linked to several international and national organisations, research labs, and universities operating in the field of energy efficiency. The JRC takes part in several experts network.
Improving the efficiency with which energy is consumed by end-users is a central theme of energy policy within the European Community, since improved energy efficiency meets all three goals of energy policy, namely security of supply, competitiveness and protection of the environment.
This is emphasised in the Commission Green Paper Towards a European Strategy for Energy Supply Security [PDF] which highlights the central role of energy efficiency for increasing the security of supply and reducing greenhouse gasses emissions.
This is further developed in the recent European Climate Change Programme (ECCP) [PDF] which highlights the large cost-effective potential for improving energy efficiency of end-use equipment.
Also, the recent Energy Intelligent Europe Initiative [PDF] promoted by a large number of MEPS says in its preamble:
"The purpose of Energy Intelligence is to promote energy efficiency in Europe as the number one energy ‘source’.
Europe should become the most energy intelligent economy in the world. Linking Energy Intelligence to the knowledge-based economy will help Europe to become the most competitive economy world-wide while achieving its ultimate goal – sustainable development. Energy Intelligence should therefore receive the fullest attention of the EU and of Member States."