The Energy Efficiency Directive establishes a common framework of measures for the promotion of energy efficiency within the Union, in order to ensure the achievement of the Union’s 2020 20% headline target on energy efficiency and to pave the way for further energy efficiency improvements beyond that date.
The Directive lays down rules designed to remove barriers in the energy market and overcome market failures that impede efficiency in the supply and use of energy, and provides for the establishment of indicative national energy efficiency targets for 2020. The requirements laid down in the Directive are minimum requirements and do not prevent any Member State from maintaining or introducing more stringent measures.
Among the Directive's provisions included in specific articles are:
Regarding EFFICIENCY IN ENERGY USE
- Energy efficiency targets
- Building renovation
- The exemplary role of public buildings
- Energy efficiency obligation schemes
- Energy audits and energy management systems
- Metering and Billing information and access to these
- Consumer information and empowerement
Regarding EFFICIENCY IN ENERGY SUPPLY
- Promotion of efficiency in heating and cooling
- Energy transformation, transmission and distribution
Regarding HORIZONTAL PROVISIONS
- Availability of qualification, accreditation and certification schemes
- Information and training
- Energy services
- Other measures to promote energy efficiency
- Energy Efficiency National Fund, Financing and Technical Support
Implementation foresees that by 30 April each year as from 2013, Member States shall report on the progress achieved towards national energy efficiency targets. By 30 April 2014, and every three years thereafter, Member States shall submit National Energy Efficiency Action Plans, covering significant energy efficiency improvement measures and expected and/or achieved energy savings, including those in the supply, transmission and distribution of energy as well as energy end-use, in view of achieving the national energy efficiency targets. The National Energy Efficiency Action Plans shall be complemented with updated estimates of expected overall primary energy consumption in 2020, as well as estimated levels of primary energy consumption in specific sectors.
The text of the Directive in all languages can be found at:
The English version of the Directive can be found at: