How does it work?
The energy savings expected to result from different efficiency measures in their different options are presented in the Impact Assessment of the European Commission accompanying its legislative proposal.
Based on these estimations, the Gapometer estimates how far the specific efficiency measures together in the draft Energy Efficiency Directive could close the energy savings gap, making assumptions on the effectiveness of implementation. It also shows the aggregated contribution to the savings of different types of measures while taking into account their possible overlaps.
The Gapometer's calculations are based on the saving potentials presented in the Commission's Impact Assessment of the Energy Efficiency Directive.
The Gapometer is divided into four main sections, covering the measures that were identified in the Impact Assessment as holding the biggest energy potential, and for which quantified data was provided:
- Energy Efficiency Obligations (Article 6 of the Directive)
- Public sector obligations (Articles 4 and 5)
- Measures prompting changes in Energy use behaviour (Articles 7 and 8)
- Efficiency in energy supply (Articles10, 11 and 12)
For each of these sections, the proposed measures are assessed against the potentials indicated in the impact assessment, and weighted by assessing the various flexibility mechanisms and opt-outs introduced in the text. The general level of ambition and bindingness of the text is also taken into account, in particular whether or not national energy savings targets are proposed, in order to take into account the likelihood that the full potential will be delivered.
Commission proposal: remaining gap of 75.5 Mtoe
Coalition recommendations: no remaining gap
Next to these detailed assessments, the online playable version of the gapometer is a simplified version of the tools that allows you to build your own Energy Efficiency Directive by choosing how to design the various measures among a set of options, and to assess the ambition of your creation: will you be able to close the gap to the EU 20% target?