Recommendations on further proceedings in the Council on the Proposal for an Energy Efficiency Directive

Published: 15 March 2012

Policies & Issues: Energy & Climate

Orgalime welcomes Member States willingness to reach a first reading agreement on the draft Energy Efficiency Directive.

In view of the further proceedings in the Council, Orgalime submits its views and recommendations regarding the Commission proposal for an Energy Efficiency Directive with its request for your support.

Orgalime comments and recommendation aim at ensuring harmonisation to the maximum extent possible current practices and efforts of the different Member States thereby at last developing concrete measures which will help to make the 20/20/20 agenda a reality in all areas including energy efficiency. To ensure an EU legislation that is workable and enforceable in practice, we kindly request for your support on the following core issues:

  • Avoid setting mandatory energy saving targets, since these would hamper EU growth. Instead, we would advocate energy intensity targets in relation to economic output indicators.
  • Avoid setting mandatory targets for energy and non-energy intensive sectors in Europe, either in absolute or relative terms.
  • Establish an energy efficiency obligation scheme, including an opt-out clause and an exemption for small actors without lowering the overall ambition of the scheme. It should focus mainly on energy consumption of final consumers, including deep renovation of buildings.
  • Strengthen requirements on both, private and public, building renovation, including inside equipment, in going beyond the proposed 3% target on public buildings as long as national particularities are taken into account.

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