Development and implementation of a Concept for the Evaluation of Measures to Save Energy and to Protect the Climate in North Rhine-Westphalia

Klimaschutzkonzepte Evaluierung

In April 2008, the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) published its Energy and Climate Strategy, containing measures for the implementation of climate protection and a sustainable strategy for the secure and economic supply of energy in the state. The Federal State committed itself to a significant reduction in CO2-emissions by 2020 and beyond. In addition, NRW appointed an Energy and Climate Council with leading personalities from the economy, science, politics and various institutions in North Rhine-Westphalia.

To check the goals formulated in the Energy and Climate Strategy, B.&S.U. mbH was commissioned, together with Prognos AG and the IWW Rheinisch-Westfälischen Institut für Wasserforschung to create and implement a monitoring concept. As part of the monitoring concept, the measures and initiatives in the Energy and Climate Strategy of NRW will be evaluated for their efficiency and effectiveness in terms of their contribution to national energy saving and CO2-reductions.

The monitoring concept is based on a set of methods harmonised at European level to ascertain final energy savings and CO2-reductions, which will also apply in the implementation of the EU Directive on energy end-use efficiency and energy services.

B.&S.U. mbH is responsible for the evaluation process, particularly of municipal measures, due to our excellent local expertise. In addition, we have also set up and manage an office on behalf of the Energy and Climate Council of NRW, including providing support both in terms of content and organisation.

Energy and Climate Council of NRW was presented with the first interim report for 2009 as the advisory board for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Energy. This included an overview of the development of energy consumption and CO2-savings in NRW, references to the effectiveness of their measures and initial options for action. In the next two years, these options will be further specified and supplemented by trend predictions.