Warning of Fragmented EU Energy Efficiency

THE long awaited agreed European Energy Efficiency Directive came to fruition in June but now the European Commission (EC) is waiting on the member states’ national implementation plans.

These plans are likely to be varied in objective, leading Europe’s industrial players to call for the creation of a consistent and uniform set of energy efficiency standards across the European Union.

The political wrangling over the adoption of the Directive was intense and will likely continue now that national governments have to present their implementation plans to the EC this fall. Let alone the fact that the European Parliament is still to hold a final vote in September – although regarded as just a formality. 

Industry leaders concerned about the fragmented approach countries could take in transposing the EU law into their national legislation according to EurActiv.

The directive imposes an annual 1.5 percent reduction on the amount of energy utilities charge to their customers. Its compulsory measures are also expected to trigger a major revamp of the EU's existing building stock.

The concerns are raised as each member state has its own energy policy, with nations, such as Germany, Britain and Spain, systematically trying to dilute the Directive’s main provisions, arguing that they already have sufficient energy-saving policies and laws.

EurActiv comments that this has prompted industry chiefs to fear that a lack of consistency in standards, methodology and data generation across Europe could make Europe lose ground in the face of strong global competitors such as China or the United States.

Varying methodologies along with different standards across the EU member states could create wide disparities, leading to a fractured system.

Picture of the European Parliament by Rama reproduced under CCL.

Friday 24th August 2012

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