Thursday, 25 June 2015

EU energy-efficiency and performance rules are set to be changed next year and will have more stringent requirements than the existing Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

The news was announced by European Commission vice-president Maroš Šefčovič, who also confirmed that the enforcement of existing legislation is to be intensified.

The EED was introduced in 2012 to help the EU reach its energy-savings target of 20% by 2020 compared to the projected use of energy in that year. This figure has since been revised to a reduction of 27% or greater by 2030.

In order to meet EU energy-efficiency laws, the UK has introduced the CRC (previously known as the Carbon Reduction Commitment). This is a mandatory government scheme which encourages high energy users to increase efficiency and lower carbon emissions.

The CRC scheme applies to all organisations (excluding state-funded schools in England) consuming more than 6,000 MWh (megawatt hours) of electricity per year; this is because these sectors are responsible for more than 10% of Britain’s total CO2 emissions. The scheme aims to lower non-traded carbon emissions by 17 million tonnes by 2027.

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