Written by Nikolina Šajn and Alex Wilson (4th edition, updated on 24.10.2018),
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.
Trilogue negotiations started in February and resulted in an agreement on 19 June 2018. The agreed text was endorsed by Coreper (29 June) and the ITRE committee (10 July). The text now needs to be approved in a vote in Parliament’s plenary session and then by the Council.
|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’)
|Next steps expected:||Final first-reading vote in plenary|