The new rules aim at increasing energy efficiency in the EU by setting efficiency targets for the EU and Member States, introducing several EU-wide guideline mechanisms and expanding consumer rights concerning metering and billing of heating, cooling and hot water.
2030 energy efficiency target
Indicative 32.5% energy efficiency target for 2030.
No national binding targets for the Member States. Indicative national targets will have to be notified to the Commission.
Member States must reduce their annual final energy consumption by 0.8% every year.
New Commission’s guidelines and assessments
SMEs and energy audits: By 31 December 2019, there shall be an assessment on whether it is suitable to rely on the general definition of small and medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”) for the obligation to conduct an energy audit (all non-SMEs) and potential legislative proposals.
Private investment: By 1 January 2020, there shall be guidance for Member States on how to unlock private investment in order to mobilise private financing for energy efficiency measures and energy renovation.
Grid efficiency: By 31 December 2020, there shall be a common methodology to encourage network operators to reduce losses, implement a cost-efficient and energy-efficient infrastructure investment programme and properly account for the energy efficiency and flexibility of the grid.
Storage efficiency: By 1 January 2021, there shall be an assessment of the potential for energy efficiency in the conversion, transformation, transmission, transportation and storage of energy, and potential legislative proposals.
Extended consumer rights
Competitively priced and modern meters
Consumers of district heating, cooling and domestic hot water are to benefit from competitively priced meters reflecting their actual energy consumption.
As from 25 October 2020, new meters and heat cost allocators need to be readable remotely, older ones need to be rendered readable or replaced by 1 January 2027.
Billing and consumption information must be reliable, accurate and based on actual consumption for consumers of electricity and gas without smart meters and for all consumers of heating, cooling and hot water. In any case they must be provided free of charge.