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Brussels, 13 December 2005

Andris Piebalgs welcomes the approval of the Energy End-use Efficiency and Energy Services Directive

“I am particularly happy with the agreement found today on this key legislation which will help the European Union save energy and reduce its dependence on oil”, said Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs after today’s vote in the European Parliament in favor of new legislation to boost the cost-effective and efficient use of energy in the European Union. “I now call on Member Sates to implement the rules as swiftly as possible.”

The Energy End-use Efficiency and Energy Services Directive will require Member States to save at least an additional 1% of their final energy consumption each year for the next 9 years. In order to achieve these savings, Member States must adopt targets, impose obligations on their energy suppliers and prepare national Energy Efficiency Action Plans. Savings will be achieved in both the private and public sectors, using a framework of measures. These measures should expand the use of energy services such as energy-efficient and cost-effective lighting, heating, hot water, ventilation and transportation. They will also improve the market uptake of energy-efficient technology and integrate energy efficiency criteria into public procurement practices.

The amendments adopted today by the European Parliament, and already agreed in principle with the Council, provide for common definitions and require new certification schemes for energy service providers, better consumer information and improved metering and billing. The Commission with the assistance of a committee of experts from the Member States will be develop a harmonised methodology to measure the progress towards meeting the savings target and for measuring improvements in energy efficiency.

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