The Official Journal publishes a new Directive on Energy Performance
Directive (EU) 2018/844 of the European Parliament was published in the Official Journal this month (the “Directive”). The Directive comes into force on 9 July 2018 as one of the eight new proposals stemming from the Clean Energy for All Europeans package originally announced in November 2016.
Keys aspects of the Directive are that it:
- Sets a path towards a low and zero-emissions EU building stock by 2050. Member states are required to publish long-term renovations strategies on how they plan to decarbonise their building stock, to achieve a "highly energy efficient and decarbonised building stock" by 2050.
- Requires member states' long-term renovations strategies to include a roadmap setting indicative milestones for 2030, 2040 and 2050.
- Member states must ensure installation of at least one recharging point for electric cars in new or renovated non-residential buildings with more than ten car parking spaces, and ducting infrastructure to enable electric vehicle recharging points to be installed for one in five car parking spaces. For new or renovated residential buildings with more than ten car parking spaces, member states must ensure installation of ducting infrastructure to enable electric vehicle recharging points to be installed for all car parking spaces.
- Encourages the use of information and communication technology (ICT) and smart technologies (such as automation and control systems) to ensure buildings operate efficiently through technical buildings systems.
- Requires the Commission to adopt a delegated act setting out an EU-wide system for rating the smart readiness of buildings, by 31 December 2019.
- Requires member states to link their financial measures for energy efficiency improvements in the renovation of buildings to the energy savings that are targeted or achieved.
- Amends requirements for inspection of heating systems and air conditioning systems.
Member states are required to transpose the new Directive into national law by 10 March 2020. However, due to Brexit, the UK is not obligated to enact the Directive unless further announcements are made.
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