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The new Energy Efficiency Directive was adopted on Tuesday 11/09/2012 by the European Parliament
On Tuesday 11/09/2012, the plenary sitting of the European Parliament voted the compromise text reached on 13/06/2012 with the Council of the EU and the European Commission on a new Energy Efficiency Directive.
The directive came as a result of the March 2007 EU summit, when member states had struck an agreement on a 20% energy efficiency target by 2020, together with a 20% renewable energy target and a 20% CO2 reduction target. Whilst the latter two were dealt with immediately, the energy efficiency law was postponed to 2012.
In the new directive, even though binding targets were not stated, the text of the directive marks significant progress as for example: the creation of energy efficiency obligation schemes in each Member State, and the obligation for each Member State to draw up energy efficiency roadmaps to the 2050 horizon for the entire building sector.