The eea processes and tools have proven successful in 25 years of implementation in the various member states. A bottom-up approach, in which national/regional eea offices submit proposed changes to the Association European  Energy Award AISBL, is applied in order to ensure that these processes and tools are continually improved.

The most important instruments and tools are: eea Management Tool   Indicators   National Tools

Catalogue of Measures

79 Climate and energy measures

A municipality’s scope of action regarding energy and climate protection policy covers the areas shown below. The eea process ensures that all activities in each of these areas are systematically determined, assessed, continually checked, co-ordinated and precisely implemented. This evaluation is done with a standardised catalogue of measures that compromises 79 measures. Each measure is allocated a maximum number of potential points, which can be adjusted depending on the municipality’s scope of action, which in turn is determined by its size, structure and competencies.

List with the titles of the 79 measures

6 Areas of Activity

These 79 energy and climate policy measures grouped into six municipal areas of activity, namely Development and Spatial Planning; Municipal Buildings and Facilities; Supply and Disposal; Mobility; Internal Organisation; Communication and Cooperation.

Competitive online processing tool

The eea-Management-Tool (EMT) is the online processing instrument of the catalogue of measures for all participating municipalities.

The EMT offers eea municipalities the following benefits:

  • Overview of all of the municipality’s past, current and planned energy and climate policy activities
  • Ideas for future energy and climate policy activities
  • Monitoring of ongoing performance improvements
    • Automatic generation of progress reports
    • Automatic generation of diagrams illustrating the municipality’s strengths and weaknesses and development
  • Central management of all relevant documentation
  • Concurrent processing by internal staff and external advisors


Within the framework of the European Energy Award quantitative and qualitative indicators are used.

Qualitative Indicators

The eea works for its international benchmark with a system of 79 qualitative indicators (degree of implementation of the 79  measures, see above). To enable a fair benchmark they are relative to the scope of action of every community.

Quantitative Indicators

The European Energy Award Management Tool (EMT) is also used to collect information on specific energy and climate policy indicators, for example a municipality’s CO2 emissions and total energy consumption, as well as less aggregated indicators such as the number of registered cars and the portion of green power in the total power consumption.

The collection of indicators within the EMT offers eea municipalities the following benefits:

  • Overview of all of the municipality’s key energy and climate policy indicators
  • Automatic generation of diagrams on the development of these indicators
  • International comparability of indicators (as the same set of indicators is used internationally)


National tools

The national European Energy Award programmes are embedded in broader national energy and climate protection policy programmes. These programmes offer a wide range of additional tools for the implementation of energy and climate protection activities to the municipalities. Among many others these may include:

  • Tool to monitor the energy consumptions
  • Examples of procurement guidelines, issuing of inovative construction permits
  • Communication toolbox for the integration of stakeholders
  • and many more

For more information on national tools contact your national European Energy Award office.