Western Balkans Regional Energy Efficiency Programme Phase II - Policy Dialogue (“REEP+”)



TCRS Number:


Business sector:

Sustainable Resources and Climate Change

Notice type:



SP and TC Com approved

PSD disclosed:

05 May 2016

Project Description

Energy is used inefficiently in the Western Balkans compared to many other countries. The energy intensity of the six Western Balkans’ countries (Albania, Bosnia&Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia) is around three times higher than the average for the European Union. This high energy intensity is a result of aged and often obsolete energy infrastructure and poorly maintained and/or outdated energy-using capital stock – especially in industry and buildings. It is critical that the Western Balkans countries capture the enormous energy efficiency potential. When properly supported by a solid legal and institutional framework and backed up by well designed and implemented investment programmes, increased energy efficiency delivers many cost-effective benefits for competitiveness, the environment, security of energy supply and economic development in general.

The EBRD has been active in assisting to address barriers to energy efficiency in the Western Balkans since 2009. In 2013, with the support of the European Union and in partnership with the Energy Community Secretariat (“ECS”), the EBRD established the REEP for the Western Balkans. Despite the success of REEP, much still needs to be done on energy efficiency in the Western Balkans. In particular, following feedback from the Energy Community’s the Energy Efficiency Coordination Group (“EECG”) it became clear that there is an urgent need to extend REEP to the residential sector.

The residential sector is generally a difficult energy efficiency market to serve. To pave the way for a residential facility in the Western Balkans, the EBRD in cooperation with the ECS and the EECG, commissioned a regional residential energy efficiency study that concluded that the opportunities for improving energy efficiency in existing buildings in the Region are tremendous.

Following the EU approval, it was agreed that the REEP+ is established that will continue to lay the foundations for, and support, energy efficiency investments in the Western Balkans (now excluding Croatia), particularly in the residential sector.

This aim will be achieved through activities that support legislators and investors to eliminate market barriers to energy efficiency, and accelerate the take up of energy services. This will involve work across 6 potential themes that will be refined in consultation with the Energy Community Secretariat’s Energy Efficiency Coordination Group, regional stakeholders and government officials.

The Project is consistent with the Bank’s Sustainable Resource Initiative (“SRI”), aimed at promoting the sustainable use of energy, materials and water resources. It is further consistent with the Bank’s Green Economy Transition Approach in supporting the development and deployment of advanced climate resilience technologies.


Project Objectives

Enabling policy and regulatory environment are established in the Western Balkans that mitigates investment barriers for energy efficiency investments.

TC Recipient Information

Governments in the Western Balkans region

Project Cost

€ 3,000,000

Funding Summary

The TC Project is expected to be funded through EBRD-managed donor funds.

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