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EPEE welcomes Energy Efficiency Directive agreement

EPEE has welcomed the agreement reached on the Energy Efficiency Directive, claiming the move will create oppurtunities

Andrea Voigt, director general of the European Partnership for Energy and the Environment (EPEE): “We are pleased that, after months of tough negotiations, an agreement has at last been reached.”

“As an industry, we look forward to the opportunities the Directive creates and to contributing to closing the gap in reaching the EU’s 20 per cent energy saving target.”

“Although we would have liked to see greater ambition in some aspects, this agreement still creates momentum to promote energy efficiency, not just as an environmental issue, but one that is of vital importance economically and socially.”

In a statement EPEE added that the agreement marks significant progress, particularly through the creation of energy efficiency obligation schemes in each Member State.

“Although the flexibility added to these provisions has reduced the level of ambition by 20 per cent, it will still make a significant impact.

Additionally, while it is disappointing that only central government buildings will be subject to the renovation obligation, EPEE still believes this creates opportunities for governments and industry to cooperate and set an example.

We also look forward to seeing the results of Member States’ plans for energy efficiency roadmaps to the 2050 horizon for their entire building sector. The provisions on improved consumer information and the roll-out of smart meters will help citizens make more responsible energy choices.

The Energy Efficiency Directive represents an important step forward to mainstreaming energy efficiency as not only contributing to climate change goals, but also to achieving positive outcomes for the society as a whole. It will boost job creation, foster innovation and improve the living and working environment of citizens across Europe.”

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