In addition to the further expansion of renewable energies, increasing energy efficiency will play 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 pillar of the German Energy Transition.
The Energy Efficiency Networks Initiative (IEEN) is one of the most important instruments of the NAPE. The initiative and its progress towards its goals, agreed upon between the Federal Government and the central organisations of German industry, are monitored in an independent accompanying process.
This fourth annual report provides a detailed presentation of the results of the fourth monitoring round. During the evaluation, adelphi and Fraunhofer ISI were able to analyse the data from a total of 132 networks which concluded no later than end of 2020 and were able to provide a complete documentation of the energy efficiency measures implemented.