Answer to Written Question: SAVE Programme

(Source: European Parliament)



Answer given by Ms Simson

on behalf of the European Commission


1. EU energy legislation requires Member States to ensure adequate safeguards to protect vulnerable customers and respond to energy poverty problems. These may include targeted social and energy efficiency measures and reduced fuel taxes complying with Directive 2003/96/EC[1], which sets EU-harmonised minimum levels of excise duties for energy products and electricity[2]. The Commission will soon revise this Directive as part of the Fit for 55 package, while paying full attention to the distributional impacts of the EU energy and climate objectives.

2. Energy performance certificates aim to provide information to citizens on the quality of the buildings they rent or own, and to create a market for energy efficiency and renewables investments in buildings. To complement and trigger national and private funding, the EU supports renovations[3] especially for buildings occupied by low-income citizens and vulnerable consumers, therefore reducing their energy costs and improving their living conditions.

3. One of the basic principles of the Commission’s Renovation Wave[4] is to protect the right of everyone to have affordable, liveable, accessible and healthy housing while making energy-performing and sustainable buildings widely available, in particular for medium and lower-income households and vulnerable people and areas. The Renovation Wave strategy includes a comprehensive action plan and a Recommendation on energy poverty[5]. In the context of this action plan, the Commission will launch the Affordable Housing Initiative for 100 lighthouse projects[6].

[1] Council Directive 2003/96/EC restructuring the Community framework for the taxation of energy products and electricity – “energy taxation Directive”.

[2] Note: Article 18(8) of the Council Directive 2003/96/EC allows Greece to apply lower levels of taxation to petrol consumed in the departments of Lesbos, Chios, Samos, the Dodecanese and the Cyclades and on a number of Islands in the Aegean.




[6] This initiative will pilot 100 renovation districts in a smart neighbourhood approach and provide blueprints for replication, setting liveability and latest innovations at the forefront and mobilising cross-sectoral project partnerships.

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