New Energy Efficiency Directive

(22 Jul 2011)

The European Commission has published proposals for a new Energy Efficiency Directive in recognition of the need to capture energy efficiency gains. In a launch in Dublin  the role of energy efficiency in improving security of supply and competitiveness was highlighted -the cheapest energy is the energy we do not consume.

The Directive will require that all large industrial sites carry out energy audits and that incentives are provided for SMEs to undergo energy audits. These incentives underline the importance of energy audits in delivering energy and cost savings.
In addition to the requirements for energy audits the proposed Directive includes wide ranging measures to improve the efficiency of energy supply and use including:

• Provision to make Combined Heat and Power mandatory for all power generation
• Obligation on Energy Suppliers to promote efficiency
• Requirement for smart metering and consumer information

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