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Energy Efficiency Directive: Spain, Poland and other Eastern member states had failed to complete the transposition

A number of member states have not fully transposed EU rules on company energy efficiency audits into national law more than a year after the deadline.  In a study, conducted on behalf of the European Commission, Spain, Poland and other Eastern European member states had failed to complete the transposition.  Whilst many of the other EU countries had transposed the rules by summer 2015, a number of them are failing to check whether large companies are carrying out the required audits.  The study showed that delayed transposition and a lack of guidance and monitoring on energy audit rules has created uncertainty for businesses. Under its article 8,  Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) requires EU member states to ensure that large businesses measure their energy levels regularly, with an initial, mandatory audit before 5 December 2015 and further tests to be conducted every four years. Article 8 should have been transposed into national law by June 2014. But the study found that Spain, Belgium (Brussels Region, Wallonia), Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Cyprus and Luxembourg were still “in the process” of implementing it in the summer of 2015.

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