EU Directives on Energy Efficiency

European Union policy and legislation can have a significant impact on our manufacturing operations and the markets for our products.  Several key EU Directives and initiatives anticipated to have an impact on the architectural glass market in the UK are summarised below.

Energy Efficiency Directive

The EU adopted Directive 2012/27/EU on Energy Efficiency (EED).  It aims to improve energy use in Europe by reducing energy consumption in key sectors such as buildings.  Member States are required to renovate every year 3% of public buildings owned and occupied by central governments with an area above 250m2.  They are also required to draw up road maps for building renovation by 2050.

Implementation of the EED is currently underway at national level.  Assessment will take place in June 2014.

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)

Under the EPBD, Member States must implement minimum energy performance requirements for new and existing buildings.  They are required to ensure that all new buildings are 'nearly zero-energy' by 2021.

Energy and Climate Framework for 2030

In January 2014, the European Commission proposed climate and energy objectives for 2030, which include binding 40% greenhouse gas emission reduction and 27% renewable energy share by 2030.  The European Commission has postponed a decision on including an objective on energy efficiency until after the assessment of the EED (see above).

Energy Labelling of Windows

The scope of the EU Energy Labelling Directive has been extended to include energy-related products.  Windows have been identified by the European Commission as products that can have a significant impact on energy consumption.  A preparatory study has been launched to identify the best approach for a European-wide labelling scheme for windows and develop the energy balance that would underpin such a scheme.


We are an active member of Glass for Europe, the trade association for flat glass manufacturers in Europe.  For more information on the above and other EU policies that could impact on our industry can be found on the Glass for Europe website.