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Communication [...] pursuant to the second subparagraph of Article 251 (2) of the EC Treaty concerning the common position of the Council on the adoption of a Directive of [...] COM(2005) 455 final

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Abstract

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament pursuant to the second subparagraph of Article 251 (2) of the EC Treaty concerning the common position of the Council on the adoption of a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on Energy End-Use Efficiency and Energy Services, COM(2005) 455 final
This proposal is designed to promote and develop a market for energy end-use efficiency and energy services, contributing to the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions and to the Lisbon process, while improving the security of energy supply. The main elements of the proposal are as follows:
- The proposal sets forth two uniform annual compulsory energy savings targets for a period of six years. These are (1) an overall cumulative target of 1% of the average amount of energy distributed and/or sold to final consumers during a previous period (of five years) and (2) a similar but more ambitious sub-target of 1.5% each year for the public sector.
- Member States will also place an obligation on retail suppliers and/or distributors of energy to offer energy services to their customers or offer them energy audits.
- In order to help Member States measure progress towards achieving the targets, the proposal sets forth a framework for a harmonised methodology for measuring progress towards meeting the targets.
- In addition to the above targets and the obligation, the proposal sets forth tools in the form of special financing instruments for energy efficiency, requirements for improved metering and billing to provide better consumer information, and requirements for certification of energy service providers. Measures are also included that are intended to improve energy audits and to encourage regulators to develop electricity and gas distribution tariffs that promote energy efficiency instead of unnecessarily encouraging increased energy consumption.

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Record Number: 7250 / Last updated on: 2006-03-20
Category: COM DOCUMENT