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International programme delivery

Energy Saving Trust has a long history of partnership working, in the UK and beyond. We work with governments, energy agencies, academic institutions and the private sector. Find out more about Energy Saving Trust's international collaborations.

International Programmes

Over the past 15 years, we have collaborated with over 35 international projects focussed on researching and analysing policy, programme development and implementation. Our international collaboration gives us access to insight and knowledge, which informs our own thinking and contributes to the evolution of our UK work. It also supports market transformation and building the capacity of key stakeholders in other countries.

Our current international programmes include:

Low Energy Inclusive Appliances programme (LEIA)

The Low Energy Inclusive Appliances programme (LEIA) aims to accelerate the availability, affordability, efficiency and performance of a range of low energy inclusive appliances, particularly appliances suited for use in lesser developed countries. This includes technologies such as off-grid refrigeration, solar water pumps, fans and televisions.

The LEIA programme is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and delivered jointly by the Energy Saving Trust, which specialises in energy efficiency product verification, data and insight, advice and research, and CLASP, an international appliance energy efficiency and market development specialist not-for-profit organisation.

More information on Efficiency for Access / Low Energy Inclusive Appliances.

European Programmes

We have a long history of working with partners within the European Union. These programmes develop and deliver ground-breaking work that fosters co-operation and collaboration amongst member states in the quest for energy efficient homes and lifestyles. Our current EU programmes include:


The Concerted Action for the Energy Efficiency Directive (CA EED) exists to support the effective implementation of the Directive on Energy Efficiency (2012/27/EU) in all EU Member States as well as Norway. It provides a trusted forum for the exchange of experiences and collaboration, which helps countries learn from each other, avoid pitfalls and build on successful approaches when implementing the Directive. Energy Saving Trust manages all communication aspects of the CA EED, as well as jointly acting as the UK’s National Contact Point with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).


Concerted Action for the Renewable Energy Sources Directive 3 (CA RES 3) exists to support the transposition and implementation of the Renewable Energy Sources Directive through structured and confidential dialogue. It permits the EU Member States and Norway to discuss in confidence how best to implement the RES Directive and emphasises topics that: require common approaches and will benefit from coordination and the exchange of best-practice between member states. It is funded by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme 

Energy Saving Trust chairs the expert group on Renewable Heating and Cooling. We set the strategic direction, select and plan the topics for discussion, undertake research, prepare reports and chair, structure and facilitate discussions amongst the groups of member state representatives and other invited experts, including those within the sister Concerted Actions and the European Commission.


ENSMOV (Enhancing the Implementation and Monitoring and Verification practices of Energy Saving Policies under Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) is an EU-funded Horizon 2020 project, aiming to support countries across the EU with the implementation of energy efficiency policies. This three-year project has a specific focus on Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive which requires EU Member States to achieve energy savings on a national level, through energy company obligation schemes, or by using alternative measures such as carbon taxation and other financial incentives.

During the project, policy makers and implementers from across Europe will be brought together for workshops, webinars and meetings that will facilitate knowledge and expertise sharing.

Building on previous research, the project will work to identify which aspects of the policy implementation countries need support in. Based on this needs assessment, the project will develop a suite of tailored tools and resources which will aim to help countries with practical and strategic issues they are facing; so that the policy achieves the national target of 1.5% energy savings annually.

The project also aims to assist national authorities’ in-house monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) schemes to ensure they have robust data and insight on how well the policies are working now, that will be important in informing future changes in their national policies.

Energy Saving Trust is working with 15 partners across 14 EU countries and will be coordinating the research into identifying current needs and gaps in this policy area. Energy Saving Trust will also be producing a report identifying the tools and resources that policy implementers currently have available, looking at the gaps between what exists and what is needed and use this to inform the creation of new tools and resources. Energy Saving Trust will also be engaging with relevant stakeholders within the UK to ensure that they benefit from the project’s activities and outputs.        

EU Heroes

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EU Heroes is a European partnership project tackling barriers to the development of community owned solar PV projects. 

HACKS (Heating and Cooling Know-how and Solutions)

HACKS is an EU funded project which aims to motivate people to  to replace old and inefficient heating and cooling equipment with new energy efficient appliances, using the existing TopTen Network and to encourage solutions that consume less fuel, lower energy bills and improve users’ comfort and health.

Online platforms will provide consumers with customized information, interactive comment functions, product information, and direct links to product suppliers. HACKS will work with all relevant stakeholders (placing a strong emphasis on installers, retailers and consumer organisations) that participate in a consumer’s decision-making process; to promote and facilitate the purchase of energy efficient installed appliances.

Energy Saving Trust is part of a consortium of 15 countries delivering the project, specifically it is the task leader for developing the media campaigns for consumers and manufacturers/retailers, as well as the task leader for identifying, analysing and recommending business models which would allow the work, activities and schemes taking place during the project to continue after the project finishes.


LABEL 2020 is an EU funded project which aims to support the transition in energy labelling from the original A+++ to D standard, to a new A-G class, which should be easier to understand and take into account future rescaling based on technology and market development. The project will make therelabelling process most effective by supporting:

  • consumers and professional buyers by means of effective information campaigns, services and tools.
  • retailers in the correct, efficient and effective implementation of the new label at the point of sale including training and supportive tools for the label promotion.
  • manufacturers in the provision of correct labels and product information.
  • policy makers, public administrators and multipliers in the use and promotion of the new label within national programs and schemes (e.g. green procurement, incentives).

Energy Saving Trust is part of a consortium of 16 countries delivering the project. We will be working closely with manufacturers, retailers, consumer organisations and national & local governments to disseminate communications, provide training and guidance and ensure that all stakeholders are prepared for the label rescale and supported throughout the transition period. 

Premium Light Pro

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Premium Light Pro aims to encourage further deployment of highly efficient LED lighting (including street lighting), luminaires and controls in the commercial and public authority sector by supporting the lighting supply chain . The project aims to give supply chain professionals, such as procurers and building management staff the tools to drive installations of efficient lighting, helping to reduce energy use and costs, and bring buildings in line with required EPC ratings. The project will set criteria, develop training modules and a database and look to implement incentive schemes to encourage further take up of efficient lighting systems, in an area where large carbon savings are possible.

The project aims to give supply chain professionals, such as procurers and building management staff the tools to drive installations of efficient lighting, helping to reduce energy use and costs, and bring buildings in line with required EPC ratings. The project started in April 2016 and is essentially a second round, following PremiumLight which ran from 2012-2014 and covered domestic lighting. The project is ongoing for three years, but may look to work alongside similar initiatives that can help build capacity.

Energy Saving Trust works with nine EU partners, Energy Agencies and NGOs. Austrian Energy Agency is the project co-ordinator. Energy Saving Trust will develop materials and educate the supply chain, in a complicated technical area. 

More information on previous EU projects.