The Energy Efficiency Directive. The Directive provides for mandatory measures for save energy, renovation of public buildings, savings plans for public companies and audits for all large companies. Thanks to Energy Efficiency Directive it is expected to cut 20% of energy consumption of the entire European Union, in economic terms a saving of 50 billion euros per year has been estimated.
Member States will have the obligation to upgrade at least 3% of the buildings used by the national government every year. The standard will only apply to buildings that have a floor area of more than 500 square meters and from July 2015 it will also extend to public buildings smaller with an area of 250 square meters.
Large companies will be forced to undergo checks energetic, these energy audits will be conducted every four years and companies will have a maximum period of three years to adapt after the legislation comes into force. SMEs are exempt from the obligation.
There is no lack of doubts as to applicability, however, if the Energy Efficiency Directive were married, Europe would meet greater energy security, being able to better guarantee the objectives set to counteract the climate changes and will generate major economic benefits: not only will new jobs be created but the cost of our dependence on energy imports. In 2011, to import electric energy, 488 billion euros were spent, equal to 3.9% of GDP.
Initially, more hopes were placed on the Energy Efficiency Directive, for many, the EU measure has been too soft. According to Oreste Rossi, in these conditions, the achievement of the goal of energy efficiency 20%.