Support for implementing directives related to energy efficiency

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Throughout the past two decades the European Union (EU) has dedicated special focus on reducing energy consumption and cut out wastage. The Energy Efficiency Action of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC)  provides its competences to policy makers in terms of policy support services.

The JRC support provides scientific and technological know-how to EC policy makers, contributing to improving energy efficiency that will prove decisive for competitiveness, security of supply and for meeting the commitments on climate change made under the Kyoto protocol. There is significant potential for reducing consumption with cost-effective measures.

The Energy Efficiency Action of the JRC collaborates closely with the Directorate-General for Energy assisting to set out the Energy Strategy for Europe.



The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

On 19 May 2010, the EU adopted the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2010/31/EU (EPBD) which is the main legislative instrument to reduce the energy consumption of buildings. Under this Directive, Member States must establish and apply minimum energy performance requirements for new and existing buildings, ensure the certification of building energy performance and require the regular inspection of boilers and air conditioning systems in buildings. Moreover, the Directive requires Member States to ensure that by 2021 all new buildings are so-called 'nearly zero-energy buildings'.

For more information on the Directive click here.

The Energy Efficiency Directive

On 22 June 2011, the EC proposed a new Directive that brings forward legally binding measures to step up Member States efforts to use energy more efficiently at all stages of the energy chain – from the transformation of energy and its distribution to its final consumption. Measures include the legal obligation to establish energy efficiency obligations schemes or policy measures in all member states. These will drive energy efficiency improvements in households, industries and transport sectors. Other measures include an exemplary role to be played by the public sector and a right for consumers to know how much energy they consume.

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The Directive on End-use Efficiency & Energy Services

On 5 April 2006, the EU adopted the Directive 2006/32/EC on energy end-use efficiency and energy services. It includes an indicative energy savings target for the Member States, obligations on national public authorities as regards energy savings and energy efficient procurement, and measures to promote energy efficiency and energy services.

For more information about the directive click here.

The Ecodesign Directive for energy-using products

On 21 October 2009, the EU adopted the Directive 2009/125/EC on ecodesign. Ecodesign aims at reducing the environmental impact of products, including the energy consumption throughout their entire life cycle.

For more information: Ecodesign Directive