Written by Nikolina Šajn and Alex Wilson (2nd edition),
On 30 November 2016, the European Commission presented a proposal for a revised Energy Efficiency Directive, as part of the Clean Energy package. This aims to adapt and align EU energy legislation with the 2030 energy and climate goals, and contribute towards delivering the energy union strategy.
The Commission proposes a 30 % binding EU energy efficiency target for 2030, to be achieved by means of indicative national targets. Although more demanding than the 27 % efficiency target approved by the European Council in 2014, it is less ambitious than the 40 % target called for by the European Parliament. The revised directive proposes to extend beyond 2020 the application of the energy savings obligation scheme, which requires 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 proposal has been debated twice in the Council, which adopted a general approach in June 2017. In the Parliament, the file was assigned to the ITRE committee, whose rapporteur delivered a draft report on 31 May 2017. Amendments were tabled by early July 2017. The ITRE committee vote on the report and the proposed amendments is expected towards the end of November 2017.
|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)
Adam Gierek (S&D, Poland)
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)
Dario Tamburrano (EFDD, Italy)
Angelo Ciocca (ENF, Italy)
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:||Vote in ITRE Committe|