The European Commission is looking to enable Member States to put the clean energy transition into practice with the adoption of three key recommendations.
The recommendations, implemented on 25 September, contain guidance on how to enact and best implement aspects of the amending energy efficiency directive. Specifically, the recommendations address the practical implementation of the energy savings obligation for the period 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2030; the revised metering and billing provisions for thermal energy; and efficiency in heating and cooling.
The Commission added that Member States must bring the necessary laws, regulations and administrative provisions to comply with the amended directive into force by 25 June 2020. The deadline for the new provisions on individual metering and billing is 25 October 2020.
The EU has a binding target of cutting energy consumption through energy efficiency by at least 32.5% – relative to a “business as usual” scenario – by 2030, with “putting energy efficiency first” considered a key objective.