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Recent EU projects

We have a long history of working with partners within the European Union. These programmes develop and deliver groundbreaking work that fosters co-operation and collaboration amongst member states in the quest for energy efficient homes and lifestyles. Here are some of the programmes that we are involved in:

Energy efficiency

Current EU projects

  • The CA EED (Concerted Action for the Energy Efficiency Directive) was launched in spring 2013 in order to support the effective implementation of the Directive on Energy Efficiency (2012/27/EU) in all EU Member States as well as Norway. By providing a trusted forum for exchange of experiences and collaboration, the CA EED helps countries learn from each other, avoid pitfalls and build on successful approaches when implementing the Directive. Our role within the project is to manage all communication aspects of the CA EED, as well as jointly act as the UK’s National Contact Point with DECC/BEIS.
  • Request2Action (Removing barriers to low carbon retrofit by improving access to data and insight of the benefits to key market actors) addresses information and trust barriers to maximising the impact of EPC recommendations. The project stimulates uptake and investment in retrofit by ensuring easy access to accurate, trustworthy data about EPCs, bringing together market actors –- householders, suppliers and policy makers. We coordinate the project as well as leading on one of the work packages that engages market actors, on both demand and supply side, to use data from EPCs and wider housing data to understand the low carbon retrofit opportunity.​
  • The Digi-label project aims to design and deliver a digital tool to complement the EU energy label at point of sale providing consumers with additional easy to understand product information. Through this we aim to positively influence consumer buying choices and ultimately deliver greater energy savings and increased market share of the highest performing appliances. The project consortium will target 4 of the top 5 EU economies – Germany, Spain, Italy and the UK – leveraging the biggest impact on energy saving – through established commitments from manufacturers and retailers to test and launch the digital solutions. The Digi-label project is co-ordinated by the Energy Saving Trust and brings together a highly experienced consortium including Adelphi. CLASP, ECOS, EEB, Eliante, ESCAN, Fraunhofer, SEVEn, Solstice and VZBV, with proven expertise in energy labelling of products, dissemination & communication, European and International project management of energy labelling programmes, manufacturer and retailer stakeholder relationship management, evaluation, consumer engagement and software design and implementation.

Closed EU projects

  • ENSPOL (Energy Saving Policies and Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme) was an IEE funded programme that focused on exchanging knowledge on the implementation of energy efficiency obligation schemes and alternative measures to inform. The project aimed to improve the implementation of Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive that requires each Member State (MS) to apply an energy efficiency obligation scheme. EST lead the stakeholder engagement for this project, gathered input from all interested parties at EU and national levels, and ensured the necessary consultation with market operators took place.
  • We lead the coordination of the REQUEST (Renovation through quality supply chains and energy performance certification standards) project, that is a European programme funded by Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) designed to increase the uptake of low-carbon renovation measures in homes across Europe by focusing on the demand and supply side of low carbon renovations. The focus of REQUEST is to address the barriers homeowners face by ensuring easy access to detailed EPC recommendations and establishing reliable, quality installers or professionals.


Current EU projects

  • CA RES 3 (Concerted Action for the Renewable Energy Sources Directive 3) is a programme funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme supporting the transposition and implementation of the Renewable Energy Sources Directive. CA RES 3 is a structured and confidential dialogue supporting the effective implementation of the Directive. It permits the EU Member States and Norway to discuss in confidence how best to implement the RES Directive and will put emphasis on topics that: require common approaches; will benefit from coordination between the member states; and will benefit from exchange of best-practice between member states.
  • ​Within CA RES, the Energy Saving Trust chairs the expert group on the thematic topics of Renewable Heating and Cooling. We set the strategic direction, select and plan the topics for discussion, undertake research, prepare reports and chair, structure and facilitate discussions amongst the groups of member state representatives and other invited experts, including those within the sister Concerted Actions and the European Commission.


Current EU projects

  • I-CVUE (Incentives for Cleaner Vehicles in Urban Europe) aims to reduce CO2-emissions in urban environments by increasing the number of electric vehicles in large fleets in urban areas. The project will achieve this by mentoring large urban-based pan-European fleet operators, offering them free EV usage assessment and creating a framework that authorities can use to set up tailored fleet incentive programs. Our role in the project is coordinating the 10 partner consortium, as well as leading on implementing fleet mentoring and analysis for large urban pan-European fleets to make the business case for non-conventionally fuelled vehicles (plug in vehicles).

Closed EU projects

  • The ECOWILL (Widespread Implementation for Learner Drivers and Licensed Drivers) project ran from May 2010 to April 2013, to promoted ecodriving across thirteen European countries.  The project achieved its aims by designing a short-duration ecodriving course, training more than 700 driving instructors to deliver the course, and subsequently training more than 20,000 drivers.   The project also worked with the national and European driver licencing authorities to put a greater emphasis on ecodriving education for learner drivers. We have managed the work package responsible for the roll-out of training across the 13 countries.

Products and certification

Current EU projects

  • The PremiumLight Pro project aims to assist and mobilize the lighting supply chain to encourage further deployment of highly efficient LED lighting (including street lighting), luminaires and controls in the commercial and public authority sector. The project will set criteria, develop training modules and a database and look to implement incentive schemes to encourage further take up of efficient lighting systems, in an area where large carbon savings are possible. We are working with 9 EU partners, Energy Agencies and NGOs similar to ourselves. Austrian Energy Agency is the project co-ordinator. The project aims to give supply chain professionals, such as procurers and building management staff the tools to drive installations of efficient lighting, helping to reduce energy use and costs, and bring buildings in line with required EPC ratings. The project only started in April 2016. It is essentially a second round, following PremiumLight which ran from 2012-2014 and covered domestic lighting. EST will develop materials and educate the supply chain, in a complicated technical area. The project is ongoing for 3 years, but may look to work alongside similar initiatives that can help build capacity.

  • March 2015 - February 2018: The Topten ACT initiative aims to enable consumers to more easily find the most efficient household products on the market, and increase sales of these EU consortium of 17 EU partners, consisting of energy agencies and NGOs. ADEME is the project co-ordinator. The project will enable consumers to more easily upgrade to efficient products and save energy and money in the home. The Topten initiative has run in Europe since 2000; it is well established and respected as a “one-stop shop” for finding the most energy efficient products. It was also recently expended into countries such as Chile and Argentina. It showcases EST’s knowledge of the market, developments in product technology and consumer preferences. We update the listings at least every 6 months, but is intended to provide a useful, up to date resource at all times. The project is a year in and ends in March 2018. Interim reporting takes place in September 2016.

Closed EU projects

  • April 2013 - March 2016: Marketwatch aimed at increasing the involvement of civil society in market surveillance activities related to Ecodesign and Energy Labelling, with the ultimate goal to increase the level of compliance in the EU. Marketwatch consisted of a consortium of 16 partners where we managed the coordination of the project as well as the work package dedicated to identifying and mobilising hard testing capacities from consumer and civil society organisations to provide targeted data on compliance with Ecodesign and Energy Labelling requirement.

  • We were one of 12 EU-wide partners in PremiumLight, which aimed to increase market transformation to more energy efficient lighting products. The project aimed to do this by carrying out and publishing results of extensive testing to promote products that were efficient but also of high quality. In addition the project aimed to reach consumers through producing marketing and educational materials, exploring financial incentives for efficient products, engaging retailers, the service sector, luminaire manufacturers and other key actors such as media outlets and energy consultants to multiply the project message and outputs.

  • April 2013 - September 2015: The ComplianTV project aimed at providing a fully-fledged and detailed methodological guidance to allow EU Member State Market Surveillance Authorities to face the new legislative and market challenges for TVs and computer monitors in an effective and cost-efficient way). We lead the work package which focusses on lab testing of TVs and shop inspections assessing the presence of energy labels.

  • We worked with Turkish Government to review, analyse and develop a market surveillance programme for the EU Eco-design Directive (2009/125/EC) and the EU Energy Labelling Directive (2010/30/EU), including training of 300 Government staff and organisation of a study tour, funded through the United Nations Development Programme.

Technology and smarts

  • The ene.field aims to deploy and monitor around 1,000 new installations of residential fuel cell CHP across 12 key Member States. It represents a step change in the volume of fuel cell deployment for this sector in each country. By learning the practical implications of installing, operating and supporting a fleet of fuel cells with real world customers, ene.field will demonstrate the environmental and economic imperative of micro FC-CHP, and lay the foundations for market exploitation. EST’s role within this is around the consumer engagement.

  • The aim of FROnT (Fair RHC Options & Trade) is the sustainable growth of the Renewable Heating and Cooling sector, making the best use of the opportunities that will present themselves at national level within the framework of the 20-20-20 targets. EST is involved in reviewing the effectiveness of renewable heat and cooling policy mechanisms within EU partner countries, including the identification and validation of key success factors for integrated support schemes that are based on fiscal incentives. As part of this validation exercise we will be responsible for organising consultation workshops to review identified key success factors and present findings to a European Advisory Committee.

    Download FROnT survey results from 2016 revealing how citizens decide to heat and cool their homeshow companies decide to use heating and cooling in industrial processes and how the service sector decides to heat and cool building.

Behaviour change

  • Behave conference 2014 brings people together from the public and private sectors involved in energy efficiency, locally and internationally, to share recent research, new technological developments and best practice on understanding and influencing behaviour related to energy efficiency. With increasing demand on power supplies and rising fuel prices, research into behaviour on energy use is fundamental to ensuring our future energy supply. This year’s conference themed ‘Paradigm Shift: From Energy Efficiency to Energy Reduction through Social Change’ focuses on how this can be achieved.


  • This EU Life+ water and energy project promoted the water-energy links and benefits to householders in the UK and tested how best to communicate this innovative message. Our initial research confirmed that consumer understanding of the impact of water and especially hot water use is low. At the outset of the project, only 8% of householders surveyed in the pilot areas made the link between saving water and saving energy, clearly demonstrating the need to raise awareness in this area.