Policy type

Voluntary approaches

Measures that are not mandated under law. Often undertaken by the private sector.

Canada

Ontario Watt Reader Loan Program (PowerStream)

2016

PowerStream, working in conjunction with the public libraries in Aurora, Barrie, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan offers appliance energy meters that measure how much energy appliances use. Homeowners can borrow the meters, free of charge, from any public library. The meter monitors how much energy the appliances in a home use over a period of time. That information can be used to identify ways to use less energy.

Canada

Ontario Watt Reader Loan Program (PowerStream)

2016

PowerStream, working in conjunction with the public libraries in Aurora, Barrie, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan offers appliance energy meters that measure how much energy appliances use. Homeowners can borrow the meters, free of charge, from any public library. The meter monitors how much energy the appliances in a home use over a period of time. That information can be used to identify ways to use less energy.

Germany

Energy Efficiency Networks Initiative (Initiative Energieeffizienz-Netzwerke)

2015

As part of the National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency (NAPE), the German Federal Government and 21 industry associations have founded the Energy Efficiency Networks Initiative.

Germany

Energy Efficiency Networks Initiative (Initiative Energieeffizienz-Netzwerke)

2015

As part of the National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency (NAPE), the German Federal Government and 21 industry associations have founded the Energy Efficiency Networks Initiative.

Canada

Saskatchewan Refrigerator Recycling Program (SaskPower)

2015

This Program is designed to remove older, inefficient fridges and freezers from the electricity system. It offers to pick up older refrigerators and freezers from residents of Saskatchewan, and fully decommission them in an environmentally friendly manner.

Canada

Ontario Fridge and Freezer Pickup Program (SaveONenergy)

2015

This Program is designed to remove older, inefficient fridges and freezers from the electricity system.

It offers to pick up older refrigerators and freezers as well as window air conditioners and dehumidifiers from residents of Ontario for free, and fully decommission them in an environmentally friendly manner.

Hungary

Energy Efficiency subsidies for residential EE purposes

2015

This policy counts with three main sources: EU structural subsidies, state revenues from the EU Emission Trading System related and the state budget law. The EU support for residential sector will be available by the Environment and Energy Efficiency Operative Programme KEHOP (KÖRNYEZETI ÉS ENERGIAHATÉKONYSÁGI OPERATÍV PROGRAM), which is a Co-Financed program by EU Funds and national sources. According to the new decision of the government, the programs will be available only from KEHOP supported energy efficiency funds with repayable support.

Hungary

Energy Efficiency subsidies for residential EE purposes

2015

This policy counts with three main sources: EU structural subsidies, state revenues from the EU Emission Trading System related and the state budget law. The EU support for residential sector will be available by the Environment and Energy Efficiency Operative Programme KEHOP (KÖRNYEZETI ÉS ENERGIAHATÉKONYSÁGI OPERATÍV PROGRAM), which is a Co-Financed program by EU Funds and national sources. According to the new decision of the government, the programs will be available only from KEHOP supported energy efficiency funds with repayable support.

Canada

New Brunswick Efficiency

2014

The program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through fuel switching to renewables & natural gas; and improvements in appliance efficiencies.

Germany

National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency

2014

The National Action Plan on Energy Efficiency (NAPE) represents the energy efficiency strategy of the Federal Government of Germany for the 18th legislative period. With NAPE, the Federal Government highlights the role of energy efficiency as the twin pillar of the Energy Transition, along with the deployment of renewable energy. As a comprehensive policy package NAPE consists of immediate measures as well as long-term work processes.

New Zealand

Carbon Reduction Programmes

2014

Four new carbon projects were announced in April and May 2014. The new three-year, NZD 5.35 million package was focused on enhancing business and household productivity and reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the two areas of greatest potential savings – transport and industrial heat – and used information campaigns, energy audits, training workshops and industry partnerships to deliver.

The projects announced were:  

Italy

National Energy Strategy

2013

Italy considers  EE, RES and Emission reduction as top priorities of the new Energy Strategy . Once the proposed strategy has been implemented, it will enable the system to evolve, gradually but significantly, and to surpass the 20-20-20 European targets. The results expected by 2020 (assuming economic growth to be in line with the latest European Commission forecasts) are as follows:
 •The wholesale prices of all energy sources – electricity, gas and fuels – will be aligned with European price levels.

New Zealand

NABERSNZ

2013

In May 2013, EECA Business, in collaboration with the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC), launched a new scheme to measure and rate the energy performance of commercial buildings in New Zealand. The New Zealand scheme, NABERSNZ™, is based on the successful National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) and has been adapted for New Zealand conditions. NABERSNZ™ is a voluntary scheme that aims to assist owners and tenants to reduce energy use and costs, and reduce greenhouse emissions.

Greece

Building the Future

2012

The programme aims at reducing the total building energy consumption and increasing the level of environmental protection, by using a number of financial instruments and market mechanisms such as: Energy Performance Contracts, Industrial and Commercial Voluntary Agreements, Energy Service Companies and White Certificates.

Greece

ESCO Agreement for energy efficiency measures in public buildings

2012

The agreement, between the Greek government and the Center for Renewable Energy Resources and Energy Saving (CRES), is expected to be continue for 33 months. The project aims at upgrading public buildings and contributing to the national target of 20% energy efficiency improvement by 2020 (20.5Mtoe final consumption), and the development of Energy Services Companies (ESCOs) market and the use of Energy Performance Contracts.

Canada

Canada?s Action Plan to Reduce GHG Emissions from Aviation

2012

A comprehensive voluntary approach that includes all segments of the Canadian aviation sector, from airlines and airports to air traffic navigation and aircraft manufacturers.

The Action Plan sets an aspirational goal to improve fuel efficiency from a 2005 baseline by an average annual rate of at least 2% per year until 2020.

Canada

Canada?s Action Plan to Reduce GHG Emissions from Aviation

2012

A comprehensive voluntary approach that includes all segments of the Canadian aviation sector, from airlines and airports to air traffic navigation and aircraft manufacturers.

The Action Plan sets an aspirational goal to improve fuel efficiency from a 2005 baseline by an average annual rate of at least 2% per year until 2020.

Germany

CHP Agreements with Industry (Vereinbarung zwischen der Regierung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und der deutschen Wirtschaft zur Steigerung der Energieeffizienz)

2012

On 1 August 2012, the German government and German industrial sector and energy industry initialled an agreement concerning the improvement of energy efficiency in the industrial sector, the objective being to raise energy efficiency by 1.3% per year.

Germany

CHP Agreements with Industry (Vereinbarung zwischen der Regierung der Bundesrepublik Deutschland und der deutschen Wirtschaft zur Steigerung der Energieeffizienz)

2012

On 1 August 2012, the German government and German industrial sector and energy industry initialled an agreement concerning the improvement of energy efficiency in the industrial sector, the objective being to raise energy efficiency by 1.3% per year.

New Zealand

Heavy Vehicle Fuel Efficiency

2012

The ‘original’ Heavy Vehicle Fuel Efficiency (HVFE)  programme was launched in September 2012 and was aimed at large fleets (those that use more than 1 million litres of fuel per annum). The heavy vehicle sector consumes about 20% of all transport energy – about 1 billion litres of diesel every year – and there was the potential for fleet operators to save up to 15% of their fuel use by making changes involving fuel efficient and safe driving. The aim of the programme was to improve the fuel efficiency of heavy vehicle fleets through expert advice and funding assistance.

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