Article 8 – of the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU dated 25 October 2015.
Article 8 of the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU focuses on the promotion of energy efficiency among public sector bodies and requires EU Member States to establish and implement national energy efficiency plans and measures for these bodies.
The aim is to lead by example and ensure that public sector entities contribute to the overall energy efficiency targets set by the directive.Key points of Article 8 include:
Energy Efficiency Plans: Member States are required to establish and implement national energy efficiency plans that outline the energy efficiency measures to be taken by public sector bodies. These plans should include a description of the measures, the expected savings, and the timeframe for implementation.
Energy Efficiency Targets: The directive sets a binding energy efficiency target for public sector bodies, which includes central government authorities, and specifies a set of energy-saving actions to be undertaken. These actions can include renovating public buildings, purchasing energy-efficient products, and implementing energy management systems.
Reporting and Monitoring: Member States are required to report to the European Commission on the implementation of energy efficiency measures in the public sector, including the progress made and the achieved savings. This reporting ensures transparency and accountability in the implementation of energy efficiency plans.
Exemptions: Member States have the option to exempt certain public bodies from some of the obligations of Article 8 if they can demonstrate that their activities would not be cost-effective or would not result in significant energy savings.
Energy Efficiency in Buildings: The article emphasizes the importance of energy efficiency improvements in buildings owned and occupied by public authorities.
Promotion of Best Practices: Member States are encouraged to promote best practices and exchange information among public sector bodies to accelerate the adoption of energy efficiency measures.
Technical Assistance: The directive allows for the provision of technical assistance to support the implementation of energy efficiency measures by public sector bodies.