Efficiency Standards Changing in Europe

A fight is brewing in Europe between the European Union (EU) member states and the European Parliament.

The EU member states want to weaken the 2030 energy efficiency goals, according to Euroactiv. Malta holds the rotating presidency of the EU. Leaked documents from that nation show that member states will accept a proposal to increase energy efficiency by 30 percent compared to 1990 levels.

The point of contention is that European Commission’s demand that target be made binding. The member states, the story says, would prefer that they be “indicative” or non-binding.

That is not the only topic that is causing issues in Europe. In the United Kingdom, new regulations – called the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) – will take effect on April 1, 2018. The law firm Shoosmiths says that the new rules, which impact non-domestic properties, are complex and difficult to understand.

The article says that guidance recently issued by the U.K. Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy “sets out for the first time in plain language the steps that landlords are required to take in order to comply with the new requirements.”

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