Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 on energy efficiency

 


 

 

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 - 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.

 

Under the Energy Efficiency Directive Member States must ensure that energy suppliers and distributors increase their energy savings by 1.5% per year.

 

Implemented via dedicated obligation schemes and alternative measures, this is a key element of the EU energy efficiency framework.

 

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.

 

The modified framework, as expressed in the 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)), envisions, moreover:

 

- extension beyond 2020 the energy saving obligation while retaining the rate of 1.5% and the possibility to use both energy efficiency obligation schemes and alternative measures,

 

- 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);


- clarification and updating of the provisions of Articles 9-11, including consolidation of the provisions on electricity and gas with the internal energy market legislation to ensure coherence.

 

 

Documentation

 

 

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency, 30.11.2016, COM(2016) 761 final 2016/0376 (COD) and Annex

 

Commission Staff Working Document, Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment Accompanying the document Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2012/27/EU on Energy Efficiency {COM(2016) 761 final} {SWD(2016) 405 final}, 30.11.2016, SWD(2016) 406 final

 

 

 

 

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