The Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU)

The EED pushes for energy efficiency in tertiary buildings

In order to ensure the achievement of the Union’s 2020 20% headline target on energy efficiency, the Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) translated elements of the European Efficiency Plan into binding measures on Member States. Among the others, the Energy Efficiency Directive considers an annual rate of renovation for central Government buildings (because of their exemplary role) of 3%, an inventory of central Government buildings with a total useful floor area over certain thresholds, the promotion of energy efficiency in heating and cooling and a common framework for national energy savings obligation schemes equivalent to annual energy savings of 1.5% of energy sales.

When adopted this directive will affect also the renovation in existing tertiary building: article 4 states that Member States shall establish a long-term strategy for mobilising investment in the renovation of the national stock of residential and commercial buildings, both public and private.

The text of the Directive in all languages can be found at:

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