The Clean Energy Package Directives

The Clean Energy for All Europeans legislative package adopted by the EU Commission on 30th November 2016  cover energy efficiency, renewable energy, the design of the electricity market, security of electricity supply and governance rules for the Energy Union. In addition, the Commission proposed a new way forward for ecodesign as well as a strategy for connected and automated mobility.

The EU has committed to cut CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030, while modernising the EU's economy and delivering on jobs and growth for all European citizens. In doing so, the Commission is guided by three main goals: putting energy efficiency first, achieving global leadership in renewable energies and providing a fair deal for consumers.

Today 3 out of the 8 legislative proposals in the Clean Energy for All Europeans package (adopted by the European Commission on 30 November 2016) have been already agreed by the co-legislators (Council, Parliament, Commission).

1. The Energy Performance in Buildings Directive was adopted 14th May and published in OJ 19th June 2018, read more on this link.

2.  The Renewable Energy Directive  - 14th June 2018 political agreement by the three co-legislators 

The new regulatory framework includes a binding renewable energy target for the EU for 2030 of 32% with an upwards revision clause by 2023.

Main achievements:

  • Sets a new, binding, renewable energy target for the EU for 2030 of 32%, including a review clause by 2023 for an upward revision of the EU level target.
  • Improves the design and stability of support schemes for renewables.
  • Delivers real streamlining and reduction of administrative procedures.
  • Establishes a clear and stable regulatory framework on self-consumption.
  • Increases the level of ambition for the transport and heating/cooling sectors.
  • Improves the sustainability of the use of bioenergy.

3. The Energy Efficiency Directive - 19th June 2018  political agreement by the three co-legislators

The new regulatory framework includes an energy efficiency target for the EU for 2030 of 32.5% with an upwards revision clause by 2023. 

Main achievements with also targets for buildings: 

  • Sets a new energy efficiency target for the EU for 2030 of 32.5%, with an upwards revision clause by 2023;
  • Will extend the annual energy saving obligation beyond 2020, which will attract private investments and support the emergence of new market actors;
    Will deliver real energy savings in the next period 2021-2030 and beyond, coming from new energy efficiency renovations or other measures undertaken in the next decade;
    Will strengthen rules on individual metering and billing of thermal energy by giving consumers - especially those in multi-apartment
  • building with collective heating systems, clearer rights to receive more frequent and more useful information on their energy consumption, enabling them to better understand and control their heating bills;
    Will require Member States to have in place transparent, publicly available national rules on the allocation of the cost of heating, cooling and hot water consumption in multi-apartment and multi-purpose buildings with collective systems for such services.
    Will tackle existing market, behavioural and regulatory barriers in order to increase security of supply, competitiveness of EU industries, reduce energy bills of consumers and health costs for society, thereby also addressing energy poverty and exploiting the positive impacts on economic growth and employment.

Next steps: both EED and RES agreements will be followed by adoption of updated Directives in the next months.  


 See also actions of the EU to support investment in the energy sector 




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