Energy efficiency


The Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) is designed to remove barriers in the energy market and overcome market failures that impede efficiency in the supply and use of energy. 

How EED works

EED provides for the establishment of indicative national energy efficiency targets and seeks to ensure the achievement of the Union’s 2020 20 per cent headline target on energy efficiency and pave the way for further energy efficiency improvements beyond that date.  

The majority of the Directive’s requirements have to be transposed, or otherwise complied with, by 5 June 2014. 

What is DfE’s role?

The requirements of the Energy Efficiency Directive are wide ranging, and DfE has responsibility for implementation in Northern Ireland of those requirements within its remit.  Other departments and bodies in Northern Ireland that share responsibility for implementation are:

  • Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) – for the public sector
  • Department for Social Development (DSD) – for the domestic sector
  • Invest NI – for the industrial sector
  • Department of the Environment (DOE)
  • Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (NIAUR)

Billing and metering (Articles 9, 10 and 11)

DfE has completed a statutory consultation on its proposals for the implementation in Northern Ireland of the billing and metering aspects of the Energy Efficiency Directive, set out in Articles 9-11.  The consultation has now closed.

Transformation, transmission and distribution (Article 15) and penalties (Article 13)

DfE has completed a public consultation on the implementation of Article 15 of the Energy Efficiency Directive, dealing with transformation, transmission and distribution aspects.  The consultation also considers Article 13 of the Directive which deals with penalties. The consultation has now closed.

Related to Energy efficiency

Access to information

How to request information from the Department for the Economy including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

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