"Embedding the Energy Efficiency First Principle"
The Energy Efficiency Directive
Energy efficiency plays a vital role in reducing the impact of energy costs on business and domestic consumers. It lessens carbon emissions and decreases our dependence on fossil fuels, thereby improving our competitiveness and sustaining jobs. Achieving greater efficiency in resource inputs and minimising waste also improves productivity and reduces costs.
Improving Ireland's energy efficiency is a fundamental part of Ireland's energy policy. The Government has committed itself to achieving by 2020, a 20% reduction in energy demand across the whole of the economy through energy efficiency measures.
The aim of the EU's Energy Efficiency Directive is to help citizens, public authorities and businesses to better manage their energy consumption. If successful, the EED will bridge the gap between existing framework directives and national energy efficiency measures to help the EU achieve its 20% by 2020 reduction target.
The EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) 2012/27 to read at leisure.