On 4 October 2012, the 27 EU member states signed an agreement about binding energy savings in the EU in the form of an Energy Efficiency Directive (EED, no. 2012/27/EU).
The background of the directive was the desire to achieve a 20% energy savings by 2020 because the EU Commission's status assessment showed that it would not happen unless further energy-saving measures were initiated.
According to the Directive, all EU member states shall introduce individual measuring of the consumption of both district heating and cooling, electricity, natural gas and hot water at the end users no later than 31 December 2016.
Here you can see examples of the energy-efficient measures:
- All heat consumption must be settled according to individual meters.
- An account shall be compiled at least once a year and further billing information shall be provided at least twice a year.
- The end user must be able to compare recent consumption with previous consumption.
- The end user must be provided with information about how he/she can get to know more about energy efficiency, user profiles and specifications for energy-consuming equipment.
- Individual hot water consumption must be settled according to meters, if technically feasible and profitable.
The EU Directive strengthens the focus on measuring and visualisation of consumption, which is precisely what Brunata does. From empirical data we know that the end users reduce their consumption by 10-40 % when they know how much they are using and what it costs. This is of course very beneficial for the environment.
Would you like to know more about the other requirements, please read the entire EU Directive here. You can also contact your local department if you want to know more about your country's legislation regarding measurement and billing of energy consumption.
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