Energy Efficiency Directive
What is it?
In October 2012, the Council finally adopted a new Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) following a political deal reached with the European Parliament in June 2011, thus only one year after the presentation of the initial Commission proposal for such a policy tool. Published in the Official Journal on 14 November 2012, Directive 2012/27/EU entered into force on 4 December 2012. Member states have to transpose the Directive into national law by 5 June 2014 at the latest.
Against the background of the EU’s 20/20/20 energy targets, and the target of reducing its estimated energy consumption for 2020 by 20%, the EED brings forward binding measures to increase energy efficiency along the energy supply chain, from transformation to distribution and consumption. Measures boosting energy efficiency include targets for the renovation of public buildings, the establishment of energy efficiency obligations schemes, the promotion of energy performance contracting and demand response programmes as well as the obligation to provide information to consumers on their meters and bills and the setting of mandatory energy audits for large companies. While national targets are indicative for the time being, they might become mandatory as of 2014, depending on member states’ progress towards the 20% target.
Why is it important?
Energy efficiency is a key issue for Orgalime industries, which are both energy consumers but, above all, also providers of the enabling technologies for achieving energy and resource efficiency goals on a very broad basis, from production, to distribution up to the consumption phase. Indeed, our industries provide technology solutions improving the energy efficiency and addressing the challenges that the climate change, sustainable consumption and production and energy security agenda pose.
The EED aims at driving energy efficiency improvements in important segments of the EU economy. All actors, including public bodies, energy utilities, consumers and industry, should benefit from a higher level of security of supply while measures aim at promoting economic growth in Europe. If applied correctly, the EED can foster the urgently needed deployment of existing energy efficiency technologies, services and products through a series of measures, notably on:
- Public purchasing of products, services and buildings according to high energy efficiency standards.
- Annual renovation obligations for public buildings, including inside equipment.
- Raising consumer awareness through meters that reflect actual energy consumption and provide information on actual time of use and energy costs.
- Dissemination of best practices on benefits of energy management systems in SMEs.
Orgalime, as key technology providers, are particularly committed to contribute to the achievement of the EU 2020 objectives.
Orgalime supports a timely, harmonised and as ambitious as possible implementation of the EED on the basis of a common understanding at EU level. In our view, member states should take into account the following principles when implementing this new piece of energy efficiency legislation:
- Ensuring a consistent and coherent EU legislative environment, especially between the EED and the Energy Performance of Building Directive, to avoid overlaps and legal uncertainty.
- Leading by example, with active public sectors promoting energy efficiency in public infrastructures, buildings, transport and smart cities, that is through investment plans and a better consideration of energy efficiency aspects in public procurement.
- Setting ambitious targets for the refurbishment of private and public buildings, including equipment inside buildings and maintenance, and the systematic use of energy performance contracting.
- Pushing education, training and information campaign on energy efficiency.
How we’ve been engaged
Orgalime industries are committed to continuously improving the energy efficiency performance of its own manufacturing processes, as energy costs represent an ever more relevant competitiveness factor.
We are committed to develop ever more energy efficient technology solutions and products addressing the challenges that the climate change, sustainable consumption and production and energy security agenda pose.
Orgalime closely followed the developments on the legislative process and actively pushed towards ambitious provisions focusing on the inefficient use of energy across market segments, especially in the buildings, infrastructure and transport sectors, as well as a massive diffusion of existing energy efficient technologies and products.
Concerning the implementation phase, Orgalime provides information on the latest state of the transposition and implementation process to its members. We also contribute the Commission and member states’ activities to develop guidance documents for main provisions of the EED.