Energy

Obligation schemes and alternative measures

Obligation schemes and alternative measures

Under the Energy Efficiency Directive, EU countries must set up an energy efficiency obligation scheme. This scheme requires energy companies to achieve yearly energy savings of 1.5% of annual sales to final consumers.

In order to reach this target, companies need to carry out measures which help final consumers improve energy efficiency. This may include improving the heating system in consumers' homes, installing double glazed windows, or better insulating roofs to reduce energy consumption.

EU countries may also implement alternative policy measures which reduce final energy consumption. These measures could include:

  • energy or CO2 taxes
  • financial incentives that lead to an increased use of energy efficient technology
  • regulations or voluntary agreements that lead to the increased use of energy efficient technology
  • energy labelling schemes beyond those that are already mandatory under EU law
  • training and education, including energy advisory programmes.

Schemes and alternative measures by country

Member State
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Austria

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Belgium

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Bulgaria

bg

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Croatia

hr

en

   
Cyprus

el

en

el  
Czech Republic

cz

en

   
Denmark

da

en

-

en

Estonia

et

en

et

en

Finland

fi

en

fi  
France

fr

en

   
Germany

de

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de en
Greece

el

en

   
Hungary

hu

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Ireland

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Italy

it

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it en
Latvia

lv

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lv

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Lithuania

lt

en

Response

 
Luxembourg

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en

   
Malta

-

en

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B
C

 
Netherlands

nl

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Poland

pl

en

   
Portugal

pt

en

   
Romania

ro

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Slovakia

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sv

en
Slovenia

sl

en

sl  
Spain

es

en

es en
Sweden

se

en

   
United Kingdom

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