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eceee: Understanding energy efficiency in the European Commission’s Clean Energy Package

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Steering through the maze #7:  A guide from the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy



On 30 November 2016, the European Commission published its “Clean Energy For All Europeans” package, also known as the “Winter Package” (COM(2016) 860 final), which includes an overall Communication together with a series of legislative proposals, and accompanying documents. It is presented as an opportunity to speed up both the cleanenergy transition and economic growth and job creation.


The implementation of the strategy, and consequently the restructuring of the European energy system, requires a revision of several pieces of the EU legislation, following the ordinary legislative procedure. Under this procedure, the European Parliament and the Council each amend and adopt the text. After this twin track process, the Parliament and the Council then need to agree a common text for the proposal to become law.


This eceee guide, focusing on energy efficiency aspects within the Winter Package, lets the reader understand the approval process related to energy efficiency, explaining the main elements of the process and the issues under review on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) - the two directives that directly relate to energy efficiency and key to meeting the EU savings target.


The guide also provides an update on where we are in the approval process and when the final approval is expected.



To download the guide, please visit the relevant eceee webpage at the link below.