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Energy Efficiency Directive

Energy Efficiency Directive

The Energy Efficiency Directive

Energy efficiency plays a vital role in reducing the impact of energy costs on business and domestic consumers. It lessens carbon emissions and decreases our dependence on fossil fuels. This improves our competitiveness and sustains jobs. Achieving greater efficiency in resource inputs and minimising waste also improves productivity and reduces costs.

Improving Ireland's energy efficiency is a fundamental part of Ireland's energy policy.  The Government has committed itself to achieving a 20% reduction in energy demand across the whole of the economy by 2020 through energy efficiency measures.

The aim of the EU's Energy Efficiency Directive is to help citizens, public authorities and businesses to better manage their energy consumption.  It establishes a set of binding measures on member states. These measures help the EU reach its 20% energy efficiency target for 2020. These measures include:

  • An annual rate of renovation for central Government buildings of 3%.
  • An obligation on public bodies to procure products, services and buildings with high energy efficient performance.
  • Mandatory energy audits  and energy management obligations for the industrial sector.
  • A framework for obligatory national energy savings equivalent to 1.5% of energy sales.

The EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) 2012/27  to read at leisure.