Europe, Webinars | October 28, 2020

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? The EU’s energy efficiency policies scrutinised by the European Court of Auditors

Webinar #17 of the Energy Evaluation Academy. Speaker: Peter Welch, Director “Sustainable use of natural resources” at the European Court of Auditors .

View the recordings of the webinar here.

Download the slides here.

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) promotes accountability and transparency, and acts as the independent guardian of the financial interests of the EU citizens. ECA recently published two reports about EU energy efficiency policies (about appliances and buildings) (see links below).

This webinar presented ECA’s role in the EU policy process, how it relates to evaluation, and the main conclusions from the two recent reports.

The webinar ended with a discussion between Peter Welch, Charles Michaelis (chair of Energy Evaluation) and Sarah Rieseberg (project manager at the Secretariat of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) ) about differences and possible interactions between the work of Courts of Auditors and the work of evaluators.


Recent publications of the European Court of Auditors related to EU energy efficiency policies:

– “EU action on Ecodesign and Energy Labelling: important contribution to greater energy efficiency reduced by significant delays and non-compliance” (published in January 2020) :

– “Energy efficiency in buildings: greater focus on cost-effectiveness still needed” (published in April 2020):

The Energy Evaluation Academy is jointly organised by Energy Evaluation and Leonardo Energy.