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Adapting EU energy efficiency legislation in the light of Brexit

Composition of the study group

Administrator: Kristian KRIEGER

Assistant: Denise IVANOVICH

Foreseen for the EESC Plenary session: 23-24 January 2019

Gist of the Commission document

The United Kingdom submitted on 29 March 2017 the notification of its intention to withdraw from the Union pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This means that, unless a ratified withdrawal agreement establishes another date, all Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the United Kingdom from 30 March 2019, 00:00h (CET) ('the withdrawal date'). This decision by the UK necessitates this proposal for adapting EU energy efficiency and Energy Union governance legislation.

The present proposal covers Directive 2012/27/EU of the European Parliament and the Council of 25 October 2012 on energy efficiency [as amended by Directive 2018/2002/EU] and Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 [Governance of the Energy Union]. The energy consumption figures for 2030 given in both legal acts cover 28 Member States (EU28).

Directive 2012/27/EU, as amended by Directive 2018/2002/EU, sets a Union energy efficiency target of at least 32.5% for 2030 and requires Member States to set indicative national energy efficiency contributions. Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 [Governance of the Energy Union] requires Member States in their contribution setting process  for the Union 2030 target for energy efficiency to take into account the Union's 2030 energy consumption. With the withdrawal of the United Kingdom, the Union's energy consumption figures for 2030 therefore needs to be adjusted to the situation of 27 Member States. As this change is based on the same underlying energy model figures, it can be considered a technical adaptation.