The Commission's proposal for an Energy Efficiency Directive ('EED Proposal') sets out a two stage approach whereby national targets should first be set and measures adopted following the Directive by Member States. In a second phase, the Commission would evaluate whether those targets and measures are able to achieve the Union's 20% savings target by 2020, and would decide on the appropriateness of proposing amendments to the Directive.

This briefing shows why this approach is too weak and unsatisfactory: first, the evaluation is essentially based on national reporting but experience shows that there is an important risk that Member States do not report on time or provide incomplete information.

Moreover, there is uncertainty whether the Commission will submit a legislative proposal following an evaluation of the Directive that shows that the EU 20% target cannot be attained. Finally, the evaluation process and the submission for a legislative proposal are taking place too late.

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Published October 1, 2011
Found in Energy