European Commission agrees new Energy Efficiency Directive – Sustainability – Sustainability | Ireland’s online business and management news service – Businessandleadership.com   Leave a comment

“The European Commission has agreed new proposals to step up energy-saving efforts and create “a genuine low-carbon economy by 2050”. Irish-born Director of the Directorate-General for Energy, Marie Donnelly (pictured), was in Dublin today to explain its implications.

“Europe is heavily dependent on fuel imports from just a few suppliers and Ireland is at the end of this supply chain,” said Donnelly. “Even if consumption has fallen off somewhat in these difficult times, it makes good business and economic sense for Ireland to achieve the highest levels of  energy efficiency and today’s Directive will help towards doing just that.”

Ms Donnelly was speaking at an expert briefing of major industry, government and media stakeholders. The new energy efficiency plan includes binding measures rather than binding targets for member state. The Directive, would make it a legal obligation in all member states to:

establish energy saving schemes

public sector to lead by example: governments to reduce energy consumption in at least 3% of public buildings every      year, and to make energy efficiency a condition of all goods and services they buy

companies to cut energy use in commercial buildings

further reductions in the energy used by household appliances

more efficient power and heat generation

energy-efficiency requirements for industrial equipment

energy audits and management for large companies

rolling out smart grids and meters, giving consumers ways to cut energy use and calculate their savings. ”

via European Commission agrees new Energy Efficiency Directive – Sustainability – Sustainability | Ireland’s online business and management news service – Businessandleadership.com.

Further info can be found in the article and the European Commission Energy Directive http://ec.europa.eu/energy/efficiency/eed/eed_en.htm

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Posted June 23, 2011 by arnoneumann in Energy, European Commission

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