The European Parliament has voted in favour of a new EU directive on energy efficiency, which includes binding measures to assist the EU in meeting its goal of boosting energy efficiency by 20 per cent by 2020.

The vote, which includes significant measures for both district energy and cogeneration, was passed by a large majority (632-25) and now just needs formal recognition by national governments before implementation goes through.
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Platts reports that the deal includes a requirement for EU energy suppliers or distributors to deliver energy savings of 1.5 per cent a year compared with business as usual across their customers from 2014 to 2020.

The compromise also calls for the EC to review action taken by national governments by end-2014 to see if they are on track to make the 2020 goal.

The directive states that Member countries need to carry out and notify to the Commission by December 2015 a “comprehensive assessment” of the scope for applying high-efficiency cogeneration and efficient district heating and cooling.

For the purposes of this assessment, Member States would need to carry out a cost-benefit analysis- a proposal introduced by MEPs- covering their territory based on climate conditions, economic feasibility and technical suitability.

The proposed directive would replace two existing pieces of legislation – the Energy Savings Directive (ESD), and the Cogeneration Directive.

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