"Intelligence indicator" for buildings is established, inspections of heating and air conditioning systems are simplified and electric drive is promoted.
The EU Council of Ministers has approved a new Energy Saving Directive, which should have been implemented by all Member States within 20 months of its publication in the European Community Journal.
This means that January 2020 will be the month of implementation of the new directive throughout Europe, which creates particular time pressure on the Greek side, which only at the end of November 2017 managed to implement (with the entry into force of the new KENAK). ) the previous directive (approved in 2010, amended in 2012 and incorporated into national legislation in 2013).
According to the official announcement, the General Affairs Council approved the revised energy efficiency directive for the buildings, thus completing the final stage of the legislative process.
The directive improves the energy efficiency of buildings and encourages their renovation.
It also promotes cost-effective renovations, establishes a building intelligence index, simplifies inspections of heating and air conditioning systems, and promotes electrification by establishing a framework for electric vehicle parking.
Greece is therefore called only 6 months after the entry into force of KENAK 2017 to prepare in time and to incorporate the legislative changes provided in the directive and then, again until January 2020, to adapt KENAK and its Technical Directives.
Adherence to the schedule
It should be noted, however, that this timetable must be met at all costs, as authorization has already been agreed with the Commission to take action if the Directive is not implemented.
Therefore, in order not to jeopardize the country's referral to the European Court of Justice and to impose fines, all EU-funded energy saving programs from January 2020 should be tailored to the requirements of the new directive, as it is a prerequisite for the legal use of EU resources. harmonizing them with Community law.
Therefore, in view of the forthcoming energy saving programs (such as those for industry, small and medium-sized enterprises or for public and municipal buildings), our country should adopt legislation on legislation and accompanying texts in time by January 2020 ( KENAK, TOTEE, etc).
Unless the Government chooses to put in all energy saving programs a clause for the completion of a physical and financial object by 2019…
However, we note that according to the schedule of the new "Saving at Home", ie the provision of completion within 9 months of approval, it is not planned to create a problem for those who join the "Saving at Home II" and even those who join later in the 2018 should have completed the work by 2019 at the latest and therefore are outside the schedule of the new directive.