Most of the provisions for this EU Directive had to be implemented by the Member States just last month (5 June 2014). However, deadlines for some aspects that impact businesses occur next year – with penalties likely for those that don’t comply.
The Energy Efficiency Directive requires EU member states to introduce a framework of measures to promote energy efficiency to achieve the EU’s 20% by 2020 energy efficiency target. Currently the EU is off-track, so expect more emphasis from the UK government to meet its obligations.
There are a number of commitments on national governments and the energy generators, but it also impacts consumers of energy directly. For example:
- An obligation for large enterprises (>250+ emps, €50m rev and/or €43m balance sheet) to carry out an energy audit at least every four years, with a first energy audit at the latest by 5 December 2015
- Incentives for SMEs to undergo energy audits to help them identify the potential for reduced energy consumption
- Member States to establish and publish their long term strategies for building renovation – a crucial obligation given that nearly 40% of final energy consumption is in houses, public and private offices, shops and other buildings. The Public sector is to lead by example by renovating 3% of buildings (measured by floor area) starting from 01 January 2014 and by including energy efficiency considerations in public procurement.
- Easy and free-of-charge access to data on real-time and historical energy consumption through more accurate individual metering to empower consumers to better manage their energy consumption
- From 31 December 2016, the requirement for the provision of individual consumption meters to final customers of heating and cooling will extend to multi-apartment and multi-purpose buildings with a central heating/cooling source or supplied from a central source serving multiple buildings (with exceptions based on technical and financial grounds).
Next year’s deadlines will soon come around, so it’s as well to get up to speed and prepared ahead of time. Get in touch if you would like to find out more.