The Energy Efficiency and Affordability Division is responsible for negotiation of certain EU legislative measures concerning energy efficiency, their transposition into Irish law and their enforcement. However, in some instances other Departments may have the policy lead, depending on the nature and subject matter of the legislative measure concerned.
The Energy Efficiency and Affordability Division also has policy responsibility for the development of the Scheme of Accelerated Capital Allowances for Energy Efficient Equipment and related secondary legislation.
Energy Efficiency DirectiveThe new Energy Efficiency Directive, amends and subsequently repeals the Cogeneration Directive (2004/8/EC) and the Energy Services Directive (2006/32/EC) formally adopted by the Council of Ministers and European Parliament in October 2012. This will translate elements of the European Efficiency Plan into binding measures on Member States, including an annual rate of renovation for central Government buildings of 3%; an inventory of central Government buildings with a total useful floor area over certain thresholds; an obligation on public bodies to procure products, services and buildings with high energy efficient performance; obligations on industry relating to energy audits and energy management systems and a common framework for national energy savings obligation schemes equivalent to annual energy savings of 1.5% of energy sales. There is an EU energy efficiency target of 20% energy savings by 2020.
The new Directive was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 14 November 2012. Member States have 18 months to transpose the Directive (i.e. by 5 June 2014). Transposition is currently in process. Article 7 has already been transposed into Irish legislation and details can be accessed here.
Energy Services Directive
Public Procurement Regulations
Eco Design(The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation are the policy lead on this Directive. This Department has responsibility for the market surveillance of products covered by the Directive.)
European Union (EcoDesign Requirements for Certain Energy-Related Products) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 - SI 454 of 2013
Energy Procurement Buildings Directive (EPBD)(The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government are the policy lead on this Directive. This Department has responsibility for the Articles on boilers and air conditioning.)
European Union (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations 2012 - SI 243 of 2012
Accelerated Capital Allowance