EU Energy Efficiency Directive

The Energy Efficiency Directive 2012 (EED) was brought into force on 4 December 2012. It introduces binding measures for energy efficiency on the public sector and industry and covers the entire energy chain from generation and transmission to end use. The UK and other EU member states have to implement the EED by 5 June 2014.

The EED will require EU member states to establish a long-term strategy for investment in the renovation of residential and commercial buildings with the aim of improving their energy efficiency.

Public bodies specifically will be required to lead by example in ensuring that 3% of the total floor areas of heated or cooled buildings owned by central government are renovated each year to meet minimum energy performance requirements (or take other cost-effective measures in other eligible buildings), and that inventories of such buildings are set up….

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