Experience of the Introduction of the Hungarian Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme
Hungary introduced its own Energy Efficiency Obligation Scheme (EEOS) in 2021, based on Directives 2012/27/EU and 2018/2002/EU. Similar schemes were already in place in many European countries, but domestic market players were unprepared for this new opportunity to promote energy efficiency. The scheme is based on the legal obligation for energy traders to achieve energy savings among final customers. In the simple model of operation, energy savings achieved by so-called non-obligated organisations are transformed through a formalised energy audit and verification process into a limited marketable asset (white certificate) that can be sold to obligated organisations. Organisations that responded in time to the opportunities offered by the scheme were able to use the scheme to raise funds for their energy efficiency investments,
The presentation describes and analyse the benefits offered by the Hungarian scheme and give an outlook up to 2030 presenting specific business models and typical white certificate prices.
The author has been working in the field of energy management for more than 20 years and deals primarily with industrial energy efficiency issues. He currently manages AlfaPed LLC, which he founded in 2005, whose main activities are energy consulting, energy loss exploraiton and energy auditing. He joined the Hungarian Chapter of AEE as a young enginner, obtained CEM crtification, and currently supports the work of the section as president. Invited speaker at several university courses on energy management and energy loss exploration. He is the author of numerous lectures and articles in Hungary, and is a recognized advocate of encouraging energy efficiency.