New energy regulations should be incorporated in the Spanish legislation over the next two months, according to the European Commission. The commission has officially requested Spain to implement the EU regulations on energy efficiency into its national legislation. The EU government states that the country should also include fuels’ estimated GHG emissions.
In detail, the EC is requesting Spain to comply with this mandate as a first step. “The correct transposition into national law of the requirements for individual metering in multi-apartment buildings laid down in the Energy Efficiency Directive”. This includes installing heating meters in all existing buildings.
“Spanish authorities have two months to comply with the reasoned opinion. Otherwise, the Commission may decide to refer the Member State to the Court of Justice of the EU,” the EC stated.
Countries that have not implemented the energy regulations
In late 2017, Brussels sent Spanish authorities a letter on this topic. Nonetheless, there was no answer and now the EC is moving forward with the next phase of the infringement procedure.
The mandate also includes the matter of fuel quality. Spain, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Romania, and the United Kingdom must rectify in this regard. These countries have not yet implemented the EU directives on fuel quality into their legal system.
These energy regulations seek to improve efficiency in the sector. European regulations establish norms to calculate and notify GHG emissions produced by fuels. In addition to other energies originated from non-biologic sources.
What is the purpose of these energy regulations?
The purpose of the energy regulations is to obtain precise information. Thus, the commission can evaluate fuel suppliers and regulate compliance with the directives.
Another reason is to reduce GHG emissions by 6 percent until 2020. This proposal was supposed to be achieved last year, in April. Since it was not achieved, the member states now have just two months to do it. If these countries do not comply, the EC may choose to take the matter to the Court of Justice of the EU.