An ‘Energy Efficiency Action Plan’ containing a package of priority measures covering a wide range of cost effective energy efficiency initiatives has been launched by the European Commission (EC).

The plan forms part of the EC’s plan to realise a more than 20% saving in primary energy consumption by 2020, and it calls for actions to make energy appliances, buildings, transport and energy generation more efficient.

The plan is a supplement to the Directive on energy end-use efficiency and energy services, which was adopted earlier this year, and it supports the implementation of the Directive, which among other measures proposes more detailed metering and billing requirements and introduces the ‘white certificate’ scheme.