There are just a few weeks left until the European Commission’s public consultation on its energy efficiency rules and guidelines closes. Open until 29 January 2016, this is your chance to give feedback on the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive.
The Energy Efficiency Directive, which entered into force in December 2012, sets out binding measures to help the EU reach its 20% energy efficiency target by 2020. It includes measures that, for example, require national governments to carry out energy efficient renovations on at least 3% of the buildings they own and occupy every year, and a provision for large companies to carry out regular energy audits.
In October 2014, the European Council agreed on an EU objective of saving at least 27% energy by 2030 and requested the Commission to review the target by 2020 “having in mind an EU level of 30%”. Moreover, one of the key objectives of the EU’s Energy Union is to treat energy efficiency as an energy source in its own right. Some of the existing EU rules on energy efficiency therefore need to be assessed and, if appropriate, updated given these new objectives and developments.