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Cut Energy Consumption and Save

  • 22nd November 2013

On 25 October 2012, the EU adopted the Directive on Energy Efficiency (2012/27/EU), a legal obligation for all EU Member States to set a national target for a reduction in energy consumption and to drive-up energy efficiency.

This Directive establishes a common framework of legally binding measures for the promotion of energy efficiency at all stages of the energy chain – from the transformation of energy and its distribution, to its final consumption. The aim is that the Directive will assist the EU in achieving their 2020 headline target of 20% reduction in energy consumption, while also paving the way for further energy efficiency improvements beyond that date.

The Directive lays down rules designed to remove barriers in the energy market and overcome market failures that impede efficiency in the supply and use of energy. These will drive energy efficiency improvements in households, industries and transport sectors. Other measures include an exemplary role to be played by the public sector and a right for consumers to know how much energy they consume.

Each EU Member State presented their national indicative targets in April 2013, with a review to be held by the Commission in the first semester of 2014. If the EU is off-track, the Commission has said it intends to come back with a proposal for further legislation.

What are the measures?

  • Energy companies are requested to reduce energy sales by 1.5% every year among their customers. This can be achieved via improved heating systems, fitting double-glazed windows or insulating roofs.
  • The public sector is required to renovate 3% of buildings "owned and occupied" by the central government in each country. Buildings need to have a useful area larger than 500m2 in order to be covered by this requirement (lowered to 250m2 as of July 2015).
  • EU countries are requested to draw up a roadmap to make the entire buildings sector more energy efficient by 2050 (commercial, public and private households included).
  • Energy audits and management plans are required for large companies, with cost-benefit analyses for the deployment of combined heat and power generation (CHP) and public procurement.

Reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency is the aim of the Directive - but it also makes great business sense. In Industrial companies, energy can account for up to one third of operating costs, so reducing energy consumption is key to remaining competitive.

Implementing intensified energy efficiency actions can radically reduce energy use by up to 30%, which is essential in cost-effective production. Identifying when and where to cut energy use can be difficult, and may result in compromising production targets, or worse product quality. This is where GES Group come in with our specialised technologies and services, including mapping your site with energy surveys and audits, system upgrades and the exploitation of renewable energy sources.

For more information, or to make an enquiry, email info@ges-group.com to make contact with our Renewables Department.