The Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU is a European Union directive which mandates energy efficiency improvements within the European Union. In GreenSoul we have followed the information of this regulation. It was approved on 25 October 2012 and entered into force on 4 December 2012. The directive introduces legally binding measures to encourage efforts to use energy more efficiently in all stages and sectors of the supply chain. It establishes a common framework for the promotion of energy efficiency within the EU in order to meet its energy efficiency headline target of 20 % by 2020. It also paves the way for further improvements thereafter. Under the terms of the Energy Efficiency Directive or part of its predecessors, 2004/8/EC and EDL Directive 2006/32/EC, Article 1 (1) of the Energy Efficiency Directive provides for a common framework for measures to promote energy efficiency in the Union “to ensure that the Union’s overarching energy efficiency target of 20% is achieved by 2020, and to prepare further energy efficiency improvements for the period thereafter”. This will be done through rules set out in the Energy Efficiency Directive to “eliminate barriers in the energy market and market failures that hinder efficiency in energy supply and use”.

The definition of ‘indicative national energy efficiency targets by 2020’ is an important part of implementing the requirements of the European Energy Efficiency Directive, with the requirements of the Directive being minimum requirements and not preventing the Union Member States from ‘maintaining or adopting more stringent measures’, provided that these measures are compatible with EU law. During the project GreenSoul we developed a system to help to fulfil the energy efficiency target of 20%.