Written by Nikolina Šajn (1st edition),
On 30 November 2016, the European Commission presented a proposal for a revised Energy Efficiency Directive, as part of a package of legislation entitled ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’. The package aims to better align EU energy legislation with the 2030 energy and climate goals and contribute to delivering the Energy union strategy.
In the revised directive, the Commission proposes a 30 % binding energy efficiency target at the EU level for 2030, to be achieved through indicative national targets. This is more ambitious than the 27 % efficiency target approved by the European Council in 2014, but less ambitious than the 40 % target repeatedly called for by the European Parliament. The revised directive also proposes to extend beyond 2020 the application of the energy savings obligation schemes, which require utility companies to help their consumers use 1.5 % less energy each year. It also aims to make the rules on energy metering and billing clearer.
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. The adequacy of the EU energy efficiency target was also a focus of a wide range of stakeholder reactions.
- February 2017: Revised Energy Efficiency Directive (1st edition)
|Proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 2012/27/EU on energy efficiency|
Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)
not yet appointed
Markus Pieper (EPP, Germany)
Anneleen Van Bossuyt (ECR, Belgium)
Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy (ALDE, the Netherlands)
Xabier Benito Ziluaga (GUE/NGL, Spain)
Benedek Jávor (Greens/EFA, Hungary)
COM(2016) 761 of 30.11.2016
procedure ref.: 2016/0376 (COD)
Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)
|Next steps expected:||Initial discussions in ITRE Committee|