Commissioner Günther Oettinger welcomes European Parliament vote on the Energy Efficiency Directive
Günther Oettinger said: "The positive vote on this directive is an important step in these difficult economic times. These crucial measures will reduce European citizens’ energy bill while generating growth and up to 400 000 additional jobs. We are eager to work to ensure that these energy efficiency measures are smoothly implemented and that we achieve our 20% energy efficiency target by 2020”.
This morning the European Parliament adopted in first reading the Energy Efficiency Directive. The directive brings forward legally binding measures to step up Member States efforts to use energy more efficiently at all stages of the energy chain – from the transformation of energy and its distribution to its final consumption. Measures include the legal obligation to establish energy efficiency obligations schemes or policy measures in all member states. These will drive energy efficiency improvements in households, industries and transport sectors. Other measures include an exemplary role to be played by the public sector and a right for consumers to know how much energy they consume.