With only seven years remaining to attain the new 2030 EU energy efficiency target, it is imperative that national measures for implementing the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) are promptly established to expedite energy-saving initiatives across various sectors.
Even though the 2023 EED has recently come into effect, Member States must enact the new requirements into their national legislation by October 2025. They should have already commenced the formulation of additional measures to initiate the implementation of the EED as part of the draft updates to their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). According to the findings of the Coalition for Energy Savings, none of the NECPs submitted thus far are in full compliance with the updated Energy Efficiency Directive. Among these 16 countries, only Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, and Spain have developed plans that closely align with the requirements of the updated directive. As of now, only 16 European Union member states have met the June deadline for submitting their revised NECPs.
This comprehensive report by the Coalition of Energy Savings scrutinizes whether the submitted draft NECP updates accurately incorporate the new provisions of the 2023 EED, particularly focusing on Article 3 (the energy efficiency first principle), Article 4 (Energy efficiency targets), Article 5 (the public sector's leadership in energy efficiency), Article 6 (the exemplary role of public bodies' buildings), and Article 8 (Energy Savings Obligation).