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Energy End-Use Efficiency and Energy Services Directive 2006/32/EC

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DEFRA is the lead body for implementing this Directive usually known as the Energy Services Directive - entered into force on 17 May 2006. Member States have until 17 May 2008 to fully implement it. Implementation of the Directive therefore involves assessing how far existing UK arrangements meet its requirements, and identifying suitable policies to fill compliance gaps. 

Article 4 requires us to set a national indicative energy savings target, develop an Energy Efficiency Action Plan, and allocate responsibility for overseeing and verifying energy savings.

Article 6 deals with requirements on energy suppliers to provide relevant information, promote and supply energy efficiency measures and energy services and to ensure a level playing field for relevant market actors.

Article 7 covers access to information on energy efficiency.

Articles 8-12 place a range of specific requirements on Member States:

  • Article 8 deals with making available where necessary, qualification, accreditation and certification schemes;
  • Article 9 deals with financial instruments for energy savings;
  • Article 10 with tariffs and regulations for net-bound energy ("Net-bound" fuels are electricity and natural gas, being distributed through wire or pipe networks. Non net-bound fuels are those supplied via other means, e.g. coal, heating oil, LPG and wood fuel)

Article 11 with a fund or funds to subsidise energy efficiency and energy services and Article 12 with the availability of energy audits.

Article 13 deals with metering and informative billing of energy consumption.

CIBSE responded on 26th October 2007 and commented on the Directive's requirements for energy suppliers to provide relevant information, promote and supply energy efficiency measures and energy services. There is also the desire to ensure that there is a level playing field for relevant market actors, a metering system and an informative billing of energy consumption. CIBSE identified the potential synergy between the proposed measures under the Energy Services Directive and the measures currently being introduced to implement the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD). CIBSE also identified a mechanism through Article 13 for amending the operating requirements of OFGEM to address carbon emissions issues.