Written by Nikolina Šajn and Alex Wilson (5th edition, updated on 16.01.2019),
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 initially proposed a 30 % binding EU energy efficiency target for 2030, to be achieved by means of indicative national targets and the extension beyond 2020 of the energy savings obligation scheme, which currently requires utility companies to help their consumers use 1.5 % less energy each year. The Commission proposal also aims to make the rules on energy metering and billing clearer for consumers.
Trilogue negotiations started in February 2018 and resulted in a provisional agreement among the EU Institutions on 19 June 2018. The final text was formally adopted by Parliament (13 November 2018) and Council (4 December 2018). It was published in the Official Journal on 21 December 2018 and entered into force three days later.
Member States are required to transpose most of the revised directive by 25 June 2020, although the provisions on metering and billing can be transposed by 25 October 2020.
|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)
Miroslav Poche (S&D, Czech Republic)
Markus Pieper (EPP, Germany)
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’)
Directive (EU) 2018/2002OJ L 328, 21.12.2018, pp. 210-230.