Networking European stakeholders in the energy sector is key to successfully increasing energy efficiency and expanding renewable energies. That is why dena is a member of the European network of national energy agencies (European Energy Network - EnR). It uses its position to put forward opinions and perspectives from dena and Germany.
From February 2016, dena will take over the one-year presidency of EnR from the Norwegian agency ENOVA. The German presidency is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. During its period in office, the focus will be on practical contributions to the European energy union, and in particular to the energy and climate goals for 2030. Among other things, a high-level event with decision makers from the EU Commission and European Parliament in Brussels is planned. The Romanian energy agency ANRE will assume the presidency in 2017.
Since 2004, dena has been contributing its experience and expertise from Germany to the network's cooperation in implementing EU programmes and standards in the energy sector. For this purpose, it takes part in annual committee meetings, working group meetings and other EnR events. Together with the other member agencies, it prepares specific information for inquiries by the EU Commission for example, and is involved in organising and holding workshops on specific subjects.
dena has been part of six of the eight working groups for many years: Energy Efficiency, Buildings, Transport, Labelling and Ecodesign as well as Renewable Energy and Industry. It also chairs the latter two groups.
EnR is a federation currently comprising 23 national energy agencies from Europe and neighbouring countries. Since 1992, it has supported European stakeholders in implementing EU directives and adds the expertise of its member agencies to the political debate at an EU level. EnR focuses on all matters relevant to implementing a sustainable energy policy – from raising energy efficiency and expanding renewable energy sources to developing the energy infrastructure.