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Brussels: proposal for a new Directive fostering energy efficiency

The Commission's latest estimations suggest that the EU will only achieve half of the Europe 2020 targets in 2020. The European Council and the European Parliament have therefore urged the Commission to adopt a new ambitious strategy on energy efficiency for determined action to tap the considerable potential.

The proposed Directive transforms certain aspects of the EEP (put forward on March 8, 2011) into binding measures to make a significant contribution to meeting the EU's 2020 energy efficiency target, and it looks beyond, seeking to set a common framework to promote energy efficiency in the Union beyond 2020.

The proposed Directive establishes a common framework for promoting energy efficiency in the Union to ensure the target of 20 % primary energy savings by 2020 is met and to pave the way for further energy efficiency afterwards. It lays down rules designed to remove barriers and overcome some of the market failures that impede efficiency in the supply and use of energy.

For end-use sectors, the proposed Directive focuses on measures that lay down requirements on the public sector, both as regards renovating the buildings it owns and applying high energy efficiency standards to the purchase of buildings, products and services. The proposal requires Member States to establish national energy efficiency obligation schemes. It requires regular mandatory energy audits for large companies and lays down a series of requirements on energy companies regarding metering and billing.

For the energy supply sector, the proposal requires Member States to adopt national heating and cooling plans to develop the potential for high-efficiency generation and efficient district heating and cooling, and to ensure that spatial planning regulations are in line with these plans. Member States must adopt authorization criteria that ensure that installations are located in sites close to heat demand points and that all new electricity generation installations

and existing installations that are substantially refurbished are equipped with high-efficiency CHP units.

Other measures proposed include efficiency requirements for national energy regulatory authorities, information and awareness-raising actions, requirements concerning the availability of certification schemes, action to promote the development of energy services, and an obligation for Member States to remove obstacles to energy efficiency, notably the split of incentives between the owner and tenant of a building or among building owners.

Finally, the proposal provides for the establishment of national energy efficiency targets for 2020 and requires the Commission to assess in 2014 whether the Union can achieve its target of 20 % primary energy savings by 2020. The Commission is required to submit its assessment to the European Parliament and the Council, followed, if appropriate, by a legislative proposal laying down mandatory national targets.


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