Energy Efficiency Directive

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The Energy Efficiency Directive, adopted in 2012, is a supplementary Directive aimed at aiding MS in reaching the goals outlined in the 2020 EU Climate and Energy Package. 2016 saw the Commission proposing updates to the Directive, in order to ensure that the new targets, underlined in the 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy are met.

Specific measures and policies outlined in the Directive include:

  • a requirement for energy distributors and companies to achieve 1.5% energy savings per year by implementing energy efficiency measures
  • this aforementioned level of energy savings may also be achieved through other means, such as the optimisation of heating or insulation systems
  • advice for the public sector in MS to be housed in energy efficient buildings, as well as make use of energy efficient buildings, products and services
  • further suggestions for MS governments to carry out energy efficient rennovations on, at least 3% (by floor area) of the buildings they own and occupy
  • providing individual metering to consumers, to make free data on their own consumption available to them
  • nationally incentivising SMEs to undergo energy audits
  • auditing the energy consumption of large companies to help them identify ways of reducing said consumption
  • monitoring efficiency levels in new energy generation capacities.[1]