Energy Efficiency Directive
Energy efficiency is one of the EU’s prime priorities. The HVACR Industry has great potential to reduce energy consumption and EPEE member companies are committed to developing and using energy efficient technologies. They will do so in close cooperation with the Coalition for Energy Savings.
The current EU target is to reach a 20% reduction of energy consumption by the year 2020. One of the key instruments to trying to reach the targets is the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, of which the three EU institutions found political agreement in June 2012. Following the EP’s Energy Committee vote in July, the way is paved for the vote in the EP plenary after which the agreement will be up for a vote in the Council. Following that, the agreement can be concluded and published in the Official Journal.
In general, EPEE welcomes the agreement reached on the Energy Efficiency Directive and the many opportunities it creates.
Although its level of ambition could have reached even further – the target of a 20% reduction of energy consumption by the year 2020 will not be met with this Directive – the agreement marks significant progress: particularly important is the creation of energy efficiency obligation schemes in each Member State, even though this has been weakened by the inclusion of flexibility provisions. Other significant steps are the establishment of renovation rates for public buildings and the obligation for each Member State to draw up energy efficiency roadmaps to the 2050 horizon for the entire building sector.
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Last Modified: 01.01.2012