Energy Efficiency Directive and Energy Efficiency Act

The Energy Efficiency Directive (EU 27/2012) entered into force on 4 December 2012, replacing the energy services directive (2006/32/EC) and the CHP directive (2004/8/EC).

The revised Energy Efficiency Directive (EU) 2018/2002 entered into force on 24 December 2018, establishing new energy efficiency targets for the EU for 2030, and new obligations to promote energy efficiency.

The Energy Efficiency Act implementing the Energy Efficiency Directive entered into force on 1 January 2015. The act amending the Energy Efficiency Act entered into force at the beginning of 2017. With this amendment, the provisions of the Energy Efficiency Directive regarding the energy efficiency requirements for products, services and buildings procured by public bodies were implemented, and the role of the public sector in promoting energy efficient procurement was strengthened.

In 2018, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment placed an energy efficiency working group in charge of preparations for implementation of the revised Energy Efficiency Directive. Five sectoral working groups work in conjunction with the energy efficiency working group. The acts and decrees necessary for compliance with the directive must enter into force by 25 June 2020. However, acts and decrees regarding compliance with articles 9-11a on the metering and billing of heating, cooling and domestic hot water must enter into force by 25 October 2020.

 

Inquiries: Eriika Melkas and Pia Outinen