Energy Efficiency Directive
The Energy Efficiency Directive was adopted in 2012 and it established a set of binding measures to help the EU save 20% of its primary energy consumption by 2020 compared to projections. As part of the Clean Energy Package, the European Commission proposed in November 2016 an update of the Directive, proposing to set a new 30% energy efficiency target for 2030. The proposed directive, which contains specific provisions that promote efficiency in heating and cooling, is being currently examined by the Parliament and the Council. As heat pumps are highly efficient technologies, they can significantly contribute to reaching EU’s energy efficiency targets. Besides large-scale applications, EHPA believes that also small-scale efficiency heating and cooling technologies can play a major role.