G20 Energy Efficiency Leading Programme (EELP) provides the basis for the comprehensive, flexible, and adequately-resourced long term framework necessary for strengthened G20 voluntary collaboration on energy efficiency. It includes the G20 Voluntary Pillars for energy efficiency cooperation, which characterises international bilateral and multilateral cooperation on energy efficiency as beneficial, innovative, inclusive and sharing.
The EELP framework says collaboration on energy efficiency needs to be:
- Long-term: Energy efficiency needs time. Based on best practices and knowledge sharing, investments, awareness and skills mature over several years. A long-term forward looking strategy will help avoid locking-in inefficient assets, boost profitability, increase investors‟ confidence, and go beyond short-term measures that aim for the low-hanging fruit only,andmaximise the full potential of energy efficiency gains available.
- Comprehensive: Energy efficiency is rarely the result of one single decision or programme. Energy gains are achieved by combining and utilising experiences of different policy tools in the short-term and long-term objectives, across different sectors of the economy.
- Flexible: Energy efficiency national policies need to be dynamic and updated over time to benefit from lessons learned from national and international developments and constant technological innovation, among other things.
- Adequately Resourced: Like all programmes, energy efficiency needs to be adequately resourced by dedicated human, institutional and financial resources, to allow its deployment at all levels of national and local economies. Support is needed to: i) create an enabling national policy environment; and ii) generate direct investments by public and/or private stakeholders into energy efficiency solutions, systems and technologies.