Country:European Union
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2006
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:
Agency:European Commission
Legal References:Brussels, 19.10.2006 COM(2006)545 final
Description:On 19 October 2006, the European Commission released its Action Plan for Energy Efficiency, under the title Saving 20% by 2020. While outlining a coherent framework of policies and measures to reduce annual primary energy consumption by 2020, the Action Plan proposes a selection of cost-effective energy efficiency improvement initiatives to be implemented before 2012. The Action Plan addresses energy efficiency possibility across all sectors to transform the internal energy market. The plan incorporates 10 energy conservation priorities and more than 70 planned actions, including new appliance efficiency standards under the 2005 Energy-using Products (EuP) Directive, a revision of energy labelling rules and more-stringent energy performance standards for buildings - including new EU minimum standards and the inclusion of more buildings. Twenty of these actions were implemented in 2007. The plan sets forth future binding efficiency requirements for new electricity, heating and cooling installations lower than 20 megawatts, and a renewed effort to fortifiy taxation policies encouraging energy efficiency, including in 2008 a review of the EUs minimum energy tax levels. The Commission reiterates plans to propose legislation if car makers fail to meet a voluntary target to reduce average new vehicle emissions.

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