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Tuesday, 09 October 2012

MEPs adopt Directive on Energy Efficiency

MEPs adopted the first-reading agreement on energy efficiency, negotiated with Member States on 11 September 2012 in Strasbourg. In doing so, the European Parliament “adopted a missing pillar in the European strategy to combat climate change”, according to MEP Claude Turmes. Member States must transpose the directives into national legislations by early 2014 at the latest, which will enforce mandatory energy-saving measures, making each Member State responsible for designing an adequate national strategy to reach these goals.
Once the directive is transposed into national legislations, EU Member States will be required to implement certain measures, such as renovating 3 percent of the total floor area of heated and/or cooled buildings owned and occupied by their central government. However, they will also be permitted to use alternative means to achieve equivalent energy savings.
In order to meet the goal of cutting energy consumption in the EU by 20 percent by the year 2020, each Member State must set three-year energy efficiency targets (2014, 2017 and 2020). Progress will begin to be assessed by the European Commission in June 2014. If the targets are not ambitious enough, the binding measures will be imposed from 2014.
Although some Member States, including Portugal and Spain, have voiced concerns over the potential costs arising from the directive’s full implementation, MEP Claude Turmes that the energy-saving investments are necessary and will lead to lower energy bills and more jobs in the medium term.


Source: Energy Efficiency Magazine