Member States - Provisional Council position (1 June 2012)
The latest text which the Danish Council Presidency sent to Parliament for negotiation would close less than half of gap to the EU 20% savings target.
- The lion's share of savings could come from the 1.5% annual savings under the efficiency obligations schemes. This effectively turns out to be only 0.95% annual savings in comparison to the existing 1% annual savings target under the Energy Services Directive, which is to be repealed by the new Energy Efficiency Directive. In case so called early actions, savings resulting from old measures, are allowed to be counted to make up the annual 0.95% the new obligations could be a regulatory roll back;
- Meaningful requirements for renovating buildings, which account for 40% of energy use in Europe, are absent. Public building renovation requirements are very small in scope and procurement requirements are rather and obstacle to including efficiency criteria;
- Metering and billing information are largely voluntary; and
- Requirements for CHP and efficiency of the energy system are slightly improved over existing rules.