EnergyVille/VITO collaborated with a team of European experts to assist the European Commission in the assessment of the integrated national energy and climate plans (NECPs) and long-term strategies (LTS). The NECPs outline how countries intend to improve energy efficiency, renewable energy deployment, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase interconnections, improve energy security, and support the research and innovation that is needed. This approach requires coordination from all government departments to ensure an integrated and coherent plan. The NECPs cover national objectives in each of these dimensions, policies and measures to achieve these objectives, and projections. EnergyVille/VITO contributed to the assessment of several EU countries and was responsible for setting-up the approach to assess the policies and measures included in the NECPs.
In addition to the NECPs, EU countries also had to report their LTS which has a longer time horizon. This LTS provides information on countries’ long-term greenhouse gas emission reduction objective and how to achieve this. The national objective should be consistent with the overall EU objective of climate-neutrality in 2050. EnergyVille/VITO contributed to the assessment of the LTS of several EU countries and was responsible for setting-up the approach to assess the policies and measures.