Energy efficiency: measures required by the proposed directive 


A provisional deal on the proposed new EU energy efficiency directive was struck by MEPs and Council negotiators on Thursday 14 June. This directive would require EU Member States to save energy in specific ways, e.g. by renovating buildings and stipulating the size of energy savings to be delivered by utilities. The EU aims to improve energy efficiency by 20% by 2020 (from 1990 levels), but European Commission figures suggest that without these measures, it would achieve only half that.

This background note offers a more detailed description of the measures that would be required by the directive.