Updated energy efficiency rules

Energy efficiency regulations need constant updating because of the technological progress. So there you go: The revamp of the EU's current energy efficiency rules.

How did we get here?

Technologies get more efficient over time so the energy efficiency targets need to be adapted to reflect the technological progress. Plus, the Commission's impact assessment showed that a revision of the directive was necessary, as the current policies would lead the EU to achieve only a 23.9% reduction of energy consumption by 2030. So after long and winding assessments the Commission came to the conclusion that it's about time again to revamp the rules from 2012.

 

Why is this important for me?

Stricter energy efficiency rules could push cleaner or better technologies and overall result in more advancement. However, industry complains that these very ambitious energy efficiency targets are hurting economic growth and make products for consumers more expensive. Either way - we will have to see about that.

 

What's the content?

In the - shockingly short - proposal the Commission officials laid down their thoughts on how to make the energy efficiency targets even more effective: In this revised directive, the Commission suggests a 30% binding energy efficiency target at the EU level for 2030 (= more ambitious than the 27% efficiency target approved by the European Council in 2014, but less ambitious than the 35% target which the European Parliament wants). Plus, utility companies have to help us consumers to use 1.5% less energy each year and rules on energy metering and billing are supposed to become clearer. Which sounds nice! The Council is backing this approach. The Commission needs to get back to work and write up an evaluation of the rules by 2024.

 

What's happening with this legislation in the future?

In the European Parliament the Industry and Energy Committee is dealing with this piece of legislation. It came up with a position that was approved by the whole Parliament in early 2018. The Council came up with a common position in June 2017. Now, trilogue negotiations are under way.

 

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Less Greenhouse Gas Emissions for the EU

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