Country Profile: Lithuania

vilnius.jpgStatus: August 2010

Energy consumption in Lithuania is growing continuously, but is still far from the EU average energy consumption. While efficiency of energy consumption has increased significantly in industry, trade and services, the situation improved only slightly in the public sector and old residential buildings. The National Energy Strategy emphasizes reliable and secure energy supply at least cost and with minimum environmental pollution, as well as the operational efficiency of the energy sector. The strategy aims to liberalise the electricity and natural gas sectors and to integrate the energy system into the European and Baltic energy markets. For further information [link 1].

Several institutions promote energy efficiency in Lithuania. The Energy Efficiency Division of the Ministry of Energy [link 2] is responsible for energy efficiency policy. A State enterprise Energy Agency [link 3] deals with drafting the National Energy Strategy. The Housing and Urban Development Agency [link 4] seeks to promote effective use of energy and enhance energy-efficient modernization of private and public buildings. The Kaunas Regional Energy Agency [link 5] promotes the rational use of energy, participates in different energy efficiency projects, disseminates information on experience in energy efficiency and organizes information campaigns, training seminars for students, communities and energy specialists. The Lithuanian Energy Institute [link 6] performs projects and scientific research in the energy efficiency field. The Lithuanian energy consultants' association [link 7] participates in preparation of energy efficiency programmes and provides information. A number of private energy consultancy companies (e.g., COWI Lietuva, [link 8]) implement energy efficiency projects.