The Energy Efficiency Directive has received a final rubber-stamp from the Member States, signalling completion of the EU legislative process. The Directive already received overwhelming support from the European Parliament on 11 September (632 in favour, 19 abstentions, 25 against). The Directive establishes common measures for the promotion of energy efficiency in the EU, to help the EU achieve its 20% energy efficiency target by 2020. It requires each Member State to set an indicative national energy efficiency target. By 30 June 2014, the Commission will assess the progress achieved and pronounce on whether the EU is likely to reach its 2020 goal. Following entry into force of the Directive, the Member States will have 18 months to implement most of its provisions in national law.

The Directive is available here: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/pdf/en/12/pe00/pe00035.en12.pdf