Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2011
Date Amended:

2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 

Policy Type:Information and Education, Information and Education>Information provision, Regulatory Instruments, Economic Instruments>Market-based instruments, Economic Instruments>Market-based instruments>White certificates
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Energy Efficiency / Demand Reduction, Energy Sector>Electricity Generation, Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Ministry of Energy
Penalty:Penalties for non-compliance are forseen

The Energy Efficiency Act includes the introduction of white certificate system. From 1 January 2013, obligations to hold white certificates will be imposed inter alia on utilities selling electricity, natural gas and heat to customers. Starting in late 2011, energy utilities will be required to provide customers with a comparison of current electricity consumption with the same period in the previous year. They will also be required to provide information on the average electricity consumption of other, similar customers, energy efficiency measures and technical characteristics of energy-efficient appliances.


The 2016 amendment implements the provisions of EU Directive 2012/27/EU and will modify the White Certificates scheme in place. It will enter into force on 1 October 2016. Other provisions are an increase in low-energy investments, a decrease in transmission losses and distribution of electricity, gas and heat. It includes an obligation for enterprises to carry out an energy audit if they do not meet certain criteria (either having an energy management system in place or belonging to categories of small and medium sized enterprises). A fine is foreseen for companies that do not comply.

Last modified: Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:04:04 CET