Five-year assessment of the European GreenLight programme

To convince end-users to adopt efficient lighting technologies and systems and achieve a long lasting market transformation, the European Commission launched in 2000 the European GreenLight programme. It is an on-going voluntary programme whereby private and public organisations (referred to as Partners) commit to adopting energy-efficient lighting measures when (1) the cost of these measures is repaid by the associated savings and (2) lighting quality is maintained or improved. GreenLight Partners report annually on their achievements within the programme.

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Liberating the power of Energy Services and ESCOs in a liberalised energy market

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Energy Services Companies (ESCOs) could help to address barriers to energy efficiency and microgeneration, by providing information, finance, installation, operation and maintenance under a longterm contract.

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Major Households Appliances in New Member States and Candidate Countries: looking for energy savings

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The Commission, through its Joint Research Centre (JRC) has focused a number of its activities on electricity end uses including domestic appliances. Better equipment efficiency is the fastest and most cost-effective response to limiting growing demand for electricity and to reduce CO2 emissions. Every unit of energy saved on electricity corresponds to about 3 units of primary energy avoided. And all of these are part of every day life and level of comfort.

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Residential Lighting Consumption and Saving Potential in the Enlarged EU

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Are voluntary agreements an effective energy policy instrument? Insights and experiences from Europe

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In the 1990s there has been a great attention and debate in the European Union and in other OECD countries on the use of voluntary agreements to attain environmental and energy
goals. At the time there was a lot of theoretical analysis on this policy instrument and in particular on its effectiveness and cost-effectiveness. However, before the debate was over, a

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Efficiency Valuation – Concepts and Practice

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Energy efficiency projects can be modelled as investment decisions under uncertainty. Efficiency projects occur in the physical world, but are justified through financial determinants. In the simplest sense, an efficiency project is no different from any other investment. The primary difference is the difficulty in quantifying the value and risk resulting from the investment.

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White, Green & Brown Certificates: How to make the most of them?

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