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The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD 2010/31/EU) concerns the residential and the tertiary sector (offices, public buildings, etc.). Member states must apply minimum requirements as regards the energy performance of new and existing buildings. A common calculation methodology should include all the aspects which determine the final and primary energy consumption of the building.
Whilst technology development has been a key enabler in the progress of renewables, significant market penetration would have been impossible without appropriate support policies.
Energy efficiency plays a key role in European energy policies. It improves the security of energy supply, strengthens the competitiveness of European businesses and contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions in order to achieve the EU 2020 target.
The GreenLight Programme is a voluntary programme managed by the Joint Research Centre encouraging non-residential electricity consumers (public and private) referred to as Partners, to commit towards the European Commission to install energy-efficient lighting technologies in their facilities when it is profitble and lighting quality is maintained or improved.