S.8.1. The Energy Efficiency Directive

D.8.1. The Energy Efficiency Directive

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EC adopts three recommendations on new Energy Efficiency Directive implementation

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

The EC published three Recommendations, which aim to aid the EU Member States on transposing the new Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), which was adopted at the end of 2018 as Directive (EU) 2018/2002. Increasing energy efficiency is one of the key elements of the recently adopted “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package a critical means to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

The EED sets a new binding target for reduction of energy consumption by improving EU-wide energy efficiency by at least 32,5% by 2030. To this end, the EC’s recommendations aim to help Member States “to enact and best implement various aspects of the amending EED” by giving detailed guidance on: (i) the practical implementation of the energy savings obligation for the 01 January 2021 to 31 December 2030 period (Recommendation 1); (ii) the revised metering and billing provisions for thermal energy (Recommendation 2); and (iii) efficiency in heating and cooling (Recommendation 3).

The deadline for the Member States to transpose the EED and adjust their national laws and administrative provisions is 25 June 2020, and 25 October 2020for the new provisions on individual metering and billing.