Under the Energy Community Treaty, the WB6 countries are applying the Energy Efficiency Directives as well as the Renewable Energy Directive with a similar level of ambition and the same binding effect as Member States of the EU. The WB6 countries are also working on the best way for improving their systems for monitoring, reporting and planning their energy and climate policies and aligning them with the Emissions Monitoring Regulation (Regulation (EU) 525/2013).
At the 2016 Western Balkan 6 Summit in Paris, the WB6 Contracting Parties endorsed the Sustainability Charter to support them in the transition towards low-carbon and climate-resilient energy sectors. The document identified on four priority areas:
- improving the governance for energy efficiency;
- implementing smart support measures that improve the sustainability of energy systems;
- fostering climate action, and
- transparency of sustainable energy markets.
To put weight on the initiative, the Secretariat coordinated the process and published separate monitoring reports outlining the achievements and challenges ahead with respect to the Sustainability Charter during 2017 and 2018.