Highlights of the ITRE committee vote


Binding, effort-shared savings TARGETS for each Member State expressed as an absolute level of primary energy consumption.


Binding MEASURES:

Energy saving obligation schemes: Energy saving obligation schemes in all 27 EU member states that ensure that energy distributors and/or retail energy sales companies operating on the Member State’s territory achieve annual energy savings equal to 1.5 percent of their sales. The transport sector is included.


Building renovations:

  • Deep or staged deep renovation:  From 1 January 2014. 2.5% of the total floor area of heated and/or cooled buildings owned by their public bodies is subject annually to deep or staged deep renovation (by at least 75%).
  • Audits: By 1 January 2014, Member States shall establish and make publicly available an inventory of heated and/or cooled buildings owned by their public bodies with a total useful floor area over 250 m2.
  • Roadmaps:  Member States shall aim to reduce, by 31 December 2050, the energy consumption of the existing building stock by 80% compared to 2010 levels stimulating deep renovations of buildings, including staged deep renovations.  By 1 January 2014, Member States shall establish and make publicly available national plans to reach this goal including indicative interim targets for 2020, 2030 and 2040. Priority should be given to the buildings with the worst energy performance.

Demand response:

Member States shall ensure that

  • network operators are incentivised to improve efficiency in infrastructure design and operation, and consumer participation in system efficiency, including demand response depending on national circumstances,
  • transmission system operators and distribution system operators, in procuring resources for balancing and ancillary services, treat demand response providers in a non-discriminatory manner, on the basis of their technical capabilities,
  • the access of demand response is promoted as well as their participation in balancing, reserve and other system services markets. Member States shall also develop, as part of their energy efficiency action plans, a specific demand response action plan.

Public Procurement:

  • High energy efficiency performance: When public bodies purchase products, systems, services and buildings, Member States shall ensure that they purchase products, systems, services and buildings, and equipment particularly in the IT field, with high energy efficiency performance, taking into account a whole life-cycle analysis.
  • This provision shall also apply when public bodies lease or rent products, systems services. Moreover, Member States shall ensure that when tendering service contracts, public bodies shall assess the possibility of concluding long term energy performance contracts.