Policy type

Regulatory instruments

Policies and measures that improve energy efficiency through rules, often set by governments.

Switzerland

Energy Strategy 2050

2017

On 4 September 2013 the Federal Council submitted to Parliament the first set of measures in the Energy Strategy 2050. The Council wishes to significantly develop the existing potential for energy efficiency and exploit the potential of hydro power and the new renewable energies (sun, wind, geothermal, biomass). The set of measures entail a total revision of the Energy Law as well as changes in various other Federal laws. Parliament approved the law proposal on 30 September 2016, Swiss voters followed suit on 21 May 2017.

Greece

Mandatory Energy Audits

2016
In compliance with Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, Greece implemented in December 2016 a requirement for large industry to either conduct an energy audit every four years, or implement an energy or environmental management system. Small to medium-sized enterprises will also have access to quality energy audits due to these policies.

New Zealand

RESIDENTIAL TENANCIES AMENDMENT ACT 2016

2016

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act came into force on 1 July 2016. The Act makes a number of changes including requirements relating to insulation.  The new insulation requirements in the Act apply to social housing from 1 July 2016 and all other rentals from 1 July 2019. Landlords must include in all tenancy agreements from 1 July 2016 a declaration of the level of insulation underfloor, in walls and in the ceiling, and all insulation installed from 1 July 2016 must be to the latest 2008 standards. 

Sweden

Law on energy mapping in large companies

2016

By end of January 2016 all large companies had to register at the Swedish Energy Agency in order to follow up their energy use. These companies, numbering roughly 1 100, are required to carry out an energy mapping every 4th year, which also has to include recommendations how to reduce energy use. Results of the mapping are to be reported to the Swedish Energy Agency. This law is directly related to the requirements in the EU's energy efficiency directive.

Canada

Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Economy: New Brunswick's Climate Change Action Plan

2016

Building from New Brunswick's 2007 Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP), the 2014-2020 CCAP establishes provincial GHG reduction goals for 2020 and 2050:

  • 2020 - 10% below 1990 levels
  • 2050 - 75-85% below 1990 levels

Furthermore, the CCAP lays out key incremental goals to be achieved between 2014-2020: 

Goal 1: Enhance Resilience to the Impacts of Climate Change

Key Action Areas:

Sweden

Law on energy mapping in large companies

2016

By end of January 2016 all large companies had to register at the Swedish Energy Agency in order to follow up their energy use. These companies, numbering roughly 1 100, are required to carry out an energy mapping every 4th year, which also has to include recommendations how to reduce energy use. Results of the mapping are to be reported to the Swedish Energy Agency. This law is directly related to the requirements in the EU's energy efficiency directive.

India

Ujwal Bharat

2016

Ujwal Bharat is a scheme first put forth under the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May of 2016. It includes power sector reform and general goals of lighting up or electrifying India's traditionally stranded and disconnected places. 

It's main mission underscores: 24 x 7 affordable environmental friendly power for all by 2019

 

Canada

SaskPower_Industrial Energy Optimization Program

2016

SaskPower’s Industrial Energy Optimization Program is a flexible program designed to engage large industrial customers in energy conservation and efficiency. The program includes support for customized technical assistance, financial incentives and support for energy management and capital projects.

This program is designed to position energy efficiency as a strategic issue with industrial customers, encouraging engagement at all levels of an organization and provides a comprehensive and structured path to implements improvements.

Uruguay

Energy Efficiency Obligation

2016

In 1998, Uruguay introduced energy efficiency policy in order to create 437 GWh of energy savings per year, achieving an incremental energy savings of 0.94% per year in comparison to total fuel consumption. Electricity, natural gas and all other "burnable fuels" used in all sectors are covered in this policy. The obligated parties include energy utility companies. The utilities are required to allocated 0.13% of sales to energy efficiency. There are no specific eligible energy efficiency measures. Energy savings are certified by an IPMVP certified professional.

Canada

SaskPower Electricity Initiatives

2016

SaskPower has committed to reducing electricity sector emissions by 40% through reaching 50% renewable electricity capacity by 2030. SaskPower is planning to move forward with utility scale solar power generation, which would include at least 60 MW of solar, with a competitive procurement beginning in 2016. This will be done through a series of 10 MW requests for proposals for solar, in order to reach 60 MW of solar by 2021.  These RFPs will alternate between partnerships with First Nations, and with other communities.

Indonesia

MEPS and Labelling for Air Conditioning (Ministerial Regulation No.07/2015)

2016

The MEPS and labelling for Air Conditioning regulation has been enacted in January 2015 and will be in force on August 2016. It only applies for the residential AC with single split wall mounted type and with a minimum EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 8.53  (inverter and non inventer type).

This regulation also concerns that the MEPS testing procedure for the AC will be carried appropriately by the certified agency. The star rating starts from 1 star - for the AC which has a minimum EER 8.53- to 4 star rating for the AC which has minimum EER 10.41. 

Indonesia

MEPS and Labelling for Air Conditioning (Ministerial Regulation No.07/2015)

2016

The MEPS and labelling for Air Conditioning regulation has been enacted in January 2015 and will be in force on August 2016. It only applies for the residential AC with single split wall mounted type and with a minimum EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 8.53  (inverter and non inventer type).

This regulation also concerns that the MEPS testing procedure for the AC will be carried appropriately by the certified agency. The star rating starts from 1 star - for the AC which has a minimum EER 8.53- to 4 star rating for the AC which has minimum EER 10.41. 

United Kingdom

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for the private rented sector.

2016

Under the Regulations from the 1st April 2018 there will be a requirement for any properties rented out in the private rented sector to normally have a minimum energy performance rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The regulations will come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from 1st April 2018 and for all existing tenancies on 1st April 2020. It will be unlawful to rent a property which breaches the requirement for a minimum E rating, unless there is an applicable exemption. A civil penalty of up to £4,000 will be imposed for breaches.

Belgium

Brussels-Capital Region: Apply PEB Requirements Comparable to the Passive Concept for All New Constructions by 2015

2015

In 2011, the Government set new threshold requirements for energy performance and interior climate of buildings, aiming at standards comparable to the passive concept for new buildings allocated to housing, schools, and office and service activities for 2015. This new decree abrogates the previous one and represents a genuinely ambitious advance.

Canada

New Brunswick Power Rebates Program (NB Power)

2015

This program provides information on energy-efficient products that are designed to reduce energy use and costs. It also offers a number of rebates for the following equipment:
- Ductless Heat Pumps: $500 for the purchase of efficient, cold climate ductless heat pump;
- ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators: $50 rebate fpr eligible refrigerators;
- CEE tier 3 clothes washers: $75 on CEE Tier 3 clothes washers.

Canada

New Brunswick Power Rebates Program (NB Power)

2015

This program provides information on energy-efficient products that are designed to reduce energy use and costs. It also offers a number of rebates for the following equipment:
- Ductless Heat Pumps: $500 for the purchase of efficient, cold climate ductless heat pump;
- ENERGY STAR certified refrigerators: $50 rebate fpr eligible refrigerators;
- CEE tier 3 clothes washers: $75 on CEE Tier 3 clothes washers.

Italy

Storage systems

2015

The Italian Regulator identified technical specifications to integrate storage systems into the national electricity. Gestore dei Servizi Energetici has defined the procedure of implementation specifying: requirements to keep the benefits (incentives) granted to production plants; the algorithms used for the quantification of electricity produced and fed into the grid from those installations as well as the payment method of the recognized benefits.

Indonesia

Labelling for Ballasted Lamp

2015

The labelling for ballasted lamps has been effective since June 2015, or, 12 months after the Ministerial Regulation No. 18/2014 was enacted.

It has been designed to provide information about the lighting quality to the public by showing star sign rating in order to promote energy savings. 

Portugal

Taxes under SGCIE and RGCEST

2015

Establishes the amount of taxes for recognition and technical registration and issuance of technical identification cards recognized and registered under the Management of Intensive Energy Consumption System (SGCIE), regulated by Decree-Law No. 71 / 2008 of April 15, and the Regulation of Energy consumption Management for the Transport Sector (RGCE Transport), regulated by Ordinance n.º 228/90 of 27 March, both amended by Law n.º 7/2013 of 22 January. 

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