Country:European Union
Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2006
Date Ended:2012
Policy Type:Policy Support>Strategic planning
Policy Target:
Agency:European Commission

The Directive on the promotion of end-use efficiency and energy services to promotes the cost-effective and efficient end-use of energy in Member States. Upon adoption, it provides the necessary targets, mechanisms, incentives and institutional, financial and legal frameworks to remove existing market barriers and imperfections for the efficient end use of energy. Member states must transpose the directive into national law by 17 May 2008, with the exception of three sub-articles to be incorporated by 17 May 2006. These three articles address existing practices, the submission of national action plans, and the assessment of these plans by the Commission. The commission will assess and report on each plan within six months of its submission. Thereafter, it will enter force. Information on existing energy saving practices must be supplied as soon as possible, preferably no later than 16 November 2006. The Commission will use these reports in developing harmonised European energy efficiency indicators and benchmarks by the end of June 2008. According to the Directive the Member States shall adopt and aim to achieve an overall national indicative energy savings target of 9 % for the ninth year of application of the Directive, to be reached by way of energy services and other energy efficiency improvement measures. The Member States must now draw up three energy efficiency action plans. The first action plan must be presented to the Commission by 30 June 2007, the remaining two by 30 June 2011 and 30 June 2014. The Member States must describe their energy efficiency measures in all three plans. The Directive also creates the conditions for developing the market in energy services, and requires the public sector to lead by example.

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