Sweden’s policy on energy efficiency is affected by EU regulations, in particular the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED). On the European Commission’s website one can find the following information about the EED.
The 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive establishes a set of binding measures to help the EU reach its 20% energy efficiency target by 2020. Under the Directive, all EU countries are required to use energy more efficiently at all stages of the energy chain, from production to final consumption.
On 30 November 2016 the Commission proposed an update to the Energy Efficiency Directive, including a new 30% energy efficiency target for 2030, and measures to update the Directive to make sure the new target is met.
New national measures must ensure major energy savings for consumers and industry alike. For example:
Negotiations are taking place on the new target for 2030. The European Parliament has voted for an EU binding 35% target, which the Swedish Parliament lately agreed with. The Parliament adopted its position in mid-January and now the three institutions (the Commission, the Parliament and the Council) will start their negotiations.
The Coalition For Energy Savings have summarized the positions of the three institutions in a briefing document: Briefing – Coalition For Energy Savings – Negotiations on EED What is at stake?
For updates and more information about European energy efficiency policy within buildings, please visit EuroACE.