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EU Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič announces more stringent energy efficiency and performance laws and further enforcement on existing regulation in 2016

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On 18 June 2015, Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič told EurActiv that stricter energy efficiency and performance laws and further enforcements on existing regulation will come in 2016. These new rules - expected to be laid down in the end of 2016 - will include stronger requirements than the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).


The EED’s implementation aimed at bringing consumption and cost savings; however this was not achieved and the renovation of the EU’s building stock failed due to the fact that national governments have not integrated it within their law books. By March 2015 the Commission had referred every EU member state, with the exception of Malta, to the EU Court of Justice for failing to make the EED national law. According to EU officials, both the EED and EPBD have review clauses for 2016 - driven by the executive’s commitment to put “energy efficiency first” and informed by the need to ensure the target of at least 27% improvement in efficiency by 2030- to achieve 2020 climate and energy targets.


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