The uniform “white certificates” scheme at the European Union level should not be expected in the foreseeable perspective.



The sixth and final trilogue on the proposed Energy Efficiency Directive was held on 13-14 June in Strasbourg. As a result of discussions at the trilogue, a number of compromise elements were put forward. Important changes were also made as regards the previously proposed requirements for energy billing information.



Must obligated entities finance (and, potentially, to what extent) energy savings among their final customers in order to be able to count these savings towards their obligation?



The schedule for further procedure as regards new energy efficiency Directive is following:

24/11/2011   Council: debate or examination expected,

24/01/2012   EP: report scheduled for adoption in committee, 1st or single reading,

17/04/2012   EP plenary sitting (indicative date).


The EESC opinion issued on 26 October 2011 doesn’t, however, positively feed into the resolution of the main dilemmas undermining the initiative concerned.




Under the influence of the general impression of non-obligatory character of the draft provisions there shouldn’t be omitted some parts of the proposal, which impose rigorous requirements on new and existing electricity generation installations. Moreover, they are formulated in a strict manner and potentially would have significant effect on electricity generation capacities in Europe.


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Entrepreneurs who wish to prepare for the implementation of the new energy efficiency directive and become “early movers” or even to establish potential consequences, in particular, costs for adjustment to the prospective provisions, may face some difficulties.

Beneath a few potential dilemmas of crucial importance.



The draft of a new Polish law on energy efficiency envisages inter alia the framework for the system of “white certificates” that will be issued by the Polish Energy Regulatory Office (URE) and serve as a confirmation of the energy savings as a consequence of energy efficiency improvement measures. But the negative verification of energy savings will be very risky...