In addition to the further expansion of renewable energies, increasing energy efficiency plays a central role in achieving the German government's energy and climate policy goals.
With the adoption of the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency (NAPE) in 2014, the German government has put together a comprehensive package of measures and declared energy efficiency to be the second mainstay of the German Energy Transition. The Energy Efficiency Networks Initiative (IEEN) is one of the most important instruments of the NAPE. The IEEN guidelines, as defined in the NAPE and in a joint agreement between the Federal Government and the central organisations of German industry, have been reviewed in an accompanying monitoring process.
This second annual report provides a detailed presentation of the results of the first two monitoring rounds. During the evaluation, adelphi and the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research were able to rely on responses from a total of 43 networks. These networks provided complete documentation of the energy efficiency measures implemented as part of the initiative in time for the deadline. The evaluation of further networks will be included in the third annual report scheduled for December 2019. With each further monitoring round the monitoring of the IEEN will be able to be based on a larger database; the results will thus become more reliable and evaluations more detailed.