|Energy Efficiency Directive (EED)|
Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on energy efficiency (Energy Efficiency Directive - EED) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 14 November 2012.
The deadline for the Directive's transposition into the EU Member States' national laws was 5 June 2014.
EED requires the EU Member States to set indicative national energy efficiency targets ensuring that the EU reaches its target of saving 20 % of primary and final energy consumption by 2020 compared to business-as-usual projections.
It also introduces a set of binding measures to help Member States achieve this target.
Energy efficiency obligation schemes
The main instruments of the Energy Efficiency Directive are energy efficiency obligation schemes (EEOS), requiring obligated parties determined by Member States – energy distributors and/or retail energy sales companies – to reduce the volume of energy sales to final customers by 1.5 % annually.
This has to go beyond the existing energy efficiency standards regulated by other EU legislation.
Energy sales in the transport sector can be excluded from the calculation.
Gradual phase-in is allowed, as are some exemptions (for instance, the calculation can exclude energy for industrial activities), provided that the exemptions do not add up to more than 25 % of required savings.
Member States can decide to achieve the same savings by alternative measures, such as CO2 taxes, financing schemes, fiscal incentives, training and education, energy efficiency standards, norms and labelling that goes beyond those mandated by EU law.
Ultimately, Member States are free to choose how they will achieve the savings; currently, according to the European Parliament 2017 data, there are 477 diferent measures in use.
Metering and billing information
The directive contains a number of provisions on metering and billing for electricity, natural gas, district heating and cooling, and domestic hot water.
It requires that individual meters for final customers’ consumption of electricity, natural gas, district heating, cooling, and domestic hot water be introduced whenever a new connection in a new building is made or when the meter is replaced, provided this is technically possible and cost-effective.
The deadline for introducing individual meters for heating and cooling in all multi-apartment/multi-purpose buildings was 31 December 2016 (unless technically impossible or not cost-efficient).
Alternatively, individual heat-cost allocators can be used, unless this would also not be cost-efficient.
The EED sets requirements for the billing information available to customers with smart and regular electricity and gas meters, and requires that this information be accessible free of charge.
The EED requires the EU Member States’ central governments to purchase only highly energy efficient products, services and buildings, and to encourage local and regional authorities to do the same.
Public bodies are required to do so, provided it is cost-effective and economically feasible.
Central governments are required to lead by example in the feld of buildings and to renovate 3 % of the total foor area of buildings occupied or owned by central government each year from 2014 onwards.
The EU Member States can choose to achieve the same savings by alternative measures.
The EED requires the EU Member States to establish long-term strategies for mobilising investment in energy-efficient renovation of national public and private building stock (under the Winter Energy Package these provisions are intended to be moved to the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Directive).
The Energy Efficiency Directive also requires the EU Member States:
- to introduce mandatory energy audits of companies, excluding small and medium-sized enterprises;
EED’s state of transposition
Report of 23 November 2017 from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council, 2017 assessment of the progress made by Member States towards the national energy efficiency targets for 2020 and towards the implementation of the Energy Efficiency Directive refers to the following facts as regards EED’s state of transposition:
- the EED is fully transposed in all Member States, although there are delays in implementing some of the measures or the measures are subject to checks to ensure their conformity;
- the European Commission closed all the infringement proceedings for missing or partial notification;
- under EED Article 7, the EU Member States have reported their savings for 2015 which across the EU amounted to 28.5 Mtoe in cumulative terms;
- this is 15% more overall than the estimated amount of savings for 2015, assuming a linear delivery of the savings requirements to be achieved by the end of 2020;
- Energy Efficiency Obligation Schemes have been introduced in 15 EU Member States and are responsible for the highest share of energy savings (35%);
- while the majority of the policy measures target the buildings sector, other end-use sectors (e.g. transport, industry) are also targeted.
Implemented via dedicated obligation schemes and alternative measures, the EED is a key element of the EU energy efficiency framework, although not alone.
Complementary legislative pieces are directives that set efficiency standards for products and buildings:
- Ecodesign Directive (Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 establishing a framework for the setting of ecodesign requirements for energy-related products),
The EU legal framework for energy efficiency needs to be adapted to a 2030 perspective due to existing shortcomings:
- the absence in the EED of a defined level of energy efficiency ambition for 2030,
- the need to specify the nature of the level of energy efficiency ambition for 2030 (binding or indicative),
- the fact that under the existing framework of Article 7 (energy savings obligations) and Articles 9-11 (metering and billing) a substantial amount of economically viable energy savings will not be taken up,
- the expiry of Article 7 after 2020, and
- the need to reflect technical progress in metering and billing to the benefit of energy consumers.
On 30 November 2016, the European Commission presented a proposal for a revised Energy Efficiency Directive (European Commission's Proposal of 30 November 2016 for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency (COM(2016) 761 final 2016/0376 (COD)), as part of the Winter Energy Package.
The said EED revision focused on those parts that needed to be brought into line with the 2030 energy and climate targets and those whose evaluation was mandated by the current directive.
In particular, the European Commission proposes a 30 % binding EU energy efficiency target for 2030, to be achieved by means of indicative national targets.
Although more demanding than the 27 % efficiency target approved by the European Council in 2014, it is less ambitious than the 40 % target called for by the European Parliament.
If the 30% target was finally adopted it would mean that in 2030 EU energy consumption would have to be no more than 1 321 Mtoe of primary energy and no more than 987 Mtoe of final energy.
The EU Member States are supposed to notify these in their integrated national energy and climate plans, as proposed by the new Regulation on Energy Union Governance (being also the place where all provisions of the EED dealing with monitoring, reporting and planning have been transferred).
The European Commission can propose additional measures, should its assessment of the Member States’ progress in implementing their plans show that the EU is not on track to achieve the 2030 target.
The revised directive proposes to extend beyond 2020 the application of the energy savings obligation scheme, which requires utility companies to help their consumers use 1.5 % less energy each year.
The possibility to use both energy efficiency obligation schemes and alternative measures has been retained.
The European Commission Proposal also aims to make the rules on energy metering and billing clearer.
The modified framework envisions, moreover:
- the extension of Article 7 to 2030; simplifying and updating this Article (e.g. on what savings can be counted and on-building renewable energy production);
Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on energy efficiency, amending Directives 2009/125/EC and 2010/30/EU and repealing Directives 2004/8/EC and 2006/32/EC (OJ L 315, 14.11.2012, p. 1 as amended
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