LIFE ENEFIRST PLUS – Plug Energy Efficiency First In

Project number:



Duration of the project:

1. 11. 2023. – 31. 10. 2026.


Total value:

1,572,039 €


EU co-financing:

1,493,437 €


Coordinating beneficiary:

IEECP – The Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (Netherlands)



Energy Institute Hrvoje Požar (Croatia), Euractiv Media Network (Netherlands), RAP – Regulatory Assistance Project (Belgium), Fraunhofer Society (Germany),  CRES – Centre for Renewable Energy Sources  (Greece), ENEA – Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (Italy), National Energy Conservation Agency (Poland)


Project description:

The energy efficiency first (EE1st) principle is defined and endorsed in EU legislation. The purpose of EE1st is to consider the demand-side resources, such as energy efficiency and demand-response as the other types of energy resources for energy planning, investment, and policy. However, the previous evaluations of the National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) and similar projects, such as ENEFIRST show that implementing the EE1st is easier said than done. Therefore, the ENEFIRSTPLUS proposal aims to support the key stakeholders to complement the existing resources (from European commissions, ENEFIRST and other projects) for investment in energy infrastructure, energy planning, and designing incentives. Through this project, new practical guidelines and “real-life examples” are provided on implementing the EE1st. In addition, the ENEFIRSTPLUS pursues to test the resources for 8 “real-life” cases in 4 countries and extend the outcomes to 27 MS. Building capacity and stakeholders’ engagement through learning cycles are one of the core components of ENEFIRSTPLUS which results in a community of practice. Furthermore, one-stop-shop is developed to provide the most relevant information and resources about EE1st in a single place.