In-depth Review of Energy Efficiency Policies and Programmes of Hungary
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Following the conclusion and publication of the In-depth Review of Energy Efficiency Policies and Programmes of Poland, AES was entrusted to also advice the review team of the Energy Charter who visited Hungary from 2 to 6 April 2001.
Hungary is the Central European country with probably the longest and most extensive experience with the promotion of energy efficiency, as the establishment of the EU-Hungarian Energy Efficiency Centre as early as 1992 indicates. Hungary also hosts the Regional Environmental Centre for Central and Eastern Europe and the Central European University. It was therefore certainly a challenging task to assess past and present achievements and to advice the Hungarian government on further steps towards a more comprehensive approach towards energy efficiency.
The aim of the in-depth reviews is to assess progress made by countries in implementing their commitments under the Energy Charter Protocol on Energy Efficiency and Related Environmental Aspects (PEEREA) to formulate energy efficiency policies and strategies, to establish appropriate regulatory frameworks, and to develop specific programmes for the promotion of efficient energy use and the reduction of harmful environmental practices in the energy sector. One of the core activities in the framework of the PEEREA is a periodic review process of the energy efficiency policies of the signatories, including in-depth energy efficiency reviews undertaken on a peer basis, whose purpose is to enhance the level of co-operation amongst contracting parties, as well as to assess progress, to promote continuous dialogue and to transfer information.
The In-depth Review of Energy Efficiency Policies and Programmes of Hungary was the fourth in-depth review carried out by the Working Group. AES was also entrusted to advice the review team of the fifth in-depth review, which will visit Bulgaria from 10 to 14 September 2001.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily coincide with those of the Energy Charter Secretariat or of any of the organisations involved in the review process.