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4. Should the Council intend to depart from the text approved by Parliament, calls on the Council to
notify Parliament and for the conciliation procedure to be initiated;

5. Instructs its President to forward this opinion to the Council and Commission.

(b) A4-0084/99

Proposal for a Council Decision adopting a multiannual programme for the promotion of energy
efficiency (1998-2002) (COM(97)0550 − C4-0072/98 − 97/0371(SYN))

The proposal was approved with the following amendments:

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(Amendment 1)

Recital 4

Whereas to achieve significant reductions in Community CO2 Whereas to achieve significant reductions in Community CO2
emissions further efforts will have to be made, particularly emissions further efforts will have to be made, particularly
since CO2 emissions due to energy consumption are expected since CO2 emissions due to energy consumption are expected
to increase by 5 to 8% between 1995 and 2000, assuming to increase by 5 to 8% between 1995 and 2000, assuming
normal economic growth; whereas, therefore, additional meas- normal economic growth; whereas therefore additional legis-
ures are indispensable; lative measures at Community level and at the level of the
Member States are indispensable;

(Amendment 2)

Recital 7

Whereas improvement in the management of energy is urgent- Whereas improvement in the management of energy, above all
ly needed in order to contribute to the protection of the enabling the extensive potential for energy savings to be
environment, to a better security of energy supply and to exploited, is urgently needed in order to contribute to the
sustainable development; protection of the environment, to a better security of energy
supply and to sustainable development;

(Amendment 3)

Recital 9

Whereas Article 130a of the Treaty provides that the Commun- Whereas Article 130a of the Treaty provides that the Commun-
ity should develop and pursue its actions leading to the ity should develop and pursue its actions leading to the
strengthening of its economic and social cohesion, and that it strengthening of its economic and social cohesion, and that it
should, in particular, reduce disparities between the levels of should, in particular, reduce disparities between the levels of
development of the various regions and the backwardness of development of the various regions and the backwardness of
the least-favoured regions; whereas energy should be inte- the least-favoured regions; whereas energy should be inte-
grated into that effort; grated into that effort; whereas, in particular, the promotion
of sustainable and renewable energies and energy-saving
technologies should be taken into account in this connec-
tion;
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(Amendment 4)

Recital 11

Whereas the Community recognised the SAVE programme as Whereas the Community recognised the SAVE programme as
an important element of the Community’s CO2 reduction an important element of the Community’s CO2 reduction
strategy; whereas the communication of the Commission of strategy; whereas the SAVE programme has not, however,
8 May 1991 on the European Community’s energy program- achieved the major objective of improving energy intensity
ming activities at regional level, the conclusion of the Council of final consumption and energy efficiency; whereas the
on this communication, and the Resolution of the European communication of the Commission of 8 May 1991 on the
Parliament of 16 July 1993 stated that those activities should be European Community’s energy programming activities at
pursued, amplified and utilised as a support for the energy regional level, the conclusion of the Council on this commu-
strategy of the Community; whereas this initiative for regional nication, and the Resolution of the European Parliament of
actions should now be totally incorporated into a new SAVE II 16 July 1993 stated that those activities should be pursued,
programme; amplified and utilised as a support for the energy strategy of
the Community; whereas this initiative for regional actions
should now be totally incorporated into a new SAVE II
programme;

(Amendment 5)

Recital 14

Whereas the SAVE II programme aims at improving energy Whereas the SAVE II programme aims at improving energy
intensity of final consumption by a further one percentage intensity of final consumption by a further 1,5 percentage
point per annum over that which would have been otherwise points per annum over that which would have been otherwise
attained; attained;

(Amendment 6)

Recital 14a (new)

Whereas legislation is the most cost-effective way of


improving energy intensity of final consumption and ener-
gy efficiency; whereas the form of the legislation should be
left to the Member States;

(Amendment 7)

Recital 16

Whereas, in its opinion on the Commission’s Green Paper on Whereas, in its opinion on the Commission’s Green Paper on
energy policy, the European Parliament called for the formu- energy policy, the European Parliament called for the formu-
lation of objectives and a common programme for energy lation of objectives and a common programme for minimum
efficiency and savings compatible with the objectives concern- objectives in the areas of energy efficiency and savings
ing the emissions of greenhouse gases as agreed in Rio de compatible with the objectives concerning the emissions of
Janeiro (1992) and Berlin (1995), called for a SAVE II greenhouse gases as agreed in Rio de Janeiro (1992), Berlin
programme and requested that the Commission clarify the role (1995) and Kyoto (1997), called for a SAVE II programme
which it intends to play in energy savings and efficiency by endowed with considerably more resources than the SAVE
creating practical projects; programme and requested that the Commission clarify the
role which it intends to play in energy savings and efficiency
by creating practical projects;
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(Amendment 8)

Recital 18

Whereas between 180 and 200 million tonnes of CO2 emis- Whereas between 180 and 200 million tonnes of CO2 emis-
sions could be avoided by the year 2000 by an improvement of sions could be avoided by the year 2000 by an improvement of
5% in the energy intensity of final demand additional to the 5% in the energy intensity of final demand additional to the
conventional expectations; conventional expectations; whereas such figures could be
increased by an appropriate shift in the use of energy
sources;

(Amendment 9)

Recital 19

Whereas the SAVE II programme is an important and necess- Whereas the SAVE II programme is an important and necess-
ary instrument for promoting increased energy efficiency; ary instrument for promoting increased energy efficiency;
whereas one of the main points of the programme is the
drafting of Community legal provisions since the progress
achieved under the SAVE programme in terms of
improved energy efficiency is primarily due to Community
legislative acts (directives) providing for the implementa-
tion of binding provisions by the Member States;

(Amendment 10)

Recital 20

Whereas in order to prevent duplication and achieve synergy, Whereas in order to prevent duplication and achieve synergy,
care should be taken in implementing the programme to ensure care should be taken in implementing the programme to ensure
close cooperation with other Community programmes linked close cooperation with other Community programmes linked
directly with energy efficiency promotion; directly with energy efficiency promotion, and with comple-
mentary activities in the field of renewable energy sources;

(Amendment 11)

Article 1(1)

1. The Community shall implement, within the Energy 1. The Community shall implement, within the Energy
Framework Programme, a multiannual specific programme for Framework Programme, a multiannual specific programme for
the preparation and implementation of schemes and measures the preparation and implementation of legislative and non-
in a cost-effective manner in order to promote energy efficien- legislative schemes and measures in a cost-effective manner in
cy within the Community. The general overall objectives of order to promote energy efficiency within the Community,
this programme shall be: aimed in particular at the enacting of additional legal
provisions to those issued under SAVE. The general overall
objectives of this programme shall be:
(a) to stimulate energy efficiency measures in all sectors; (a) to stimulate energy efficiency measures in all sectors;
(b) to encourage investments in energy conservation by (b) to encourage investments in energy conservation, and
private and public consumers and by industry; conversion to renewable energy sources, by private and
public consumers and by industry;
(c) to create the conditions for improving the energy intensity (c) to create the conditions for improving the energy intensity
of final consumption. of final consumption by a further 1,5 percentage points
per annum over that which would otherwise have been
attained.
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(Amendment 12)

Article 1(1)(ca) (new)

(ca) to lay the foundations for the development of new


instruments and mechanisms to speed up and coordi-
nate market penetration by all sustainable energy
technologies.

(Amendment 13)

Article 2(a)

(a) studies and other related measures designed to implement (a) studies and other related measures designed to introduce
and supplement Community schemes (such as voluntary additional and implement and supplement existing Com-
agreements, mandates to standardisation bodies, cooper- munity schemes (such as voluntary agreements, mandates
ative procurements and legislation) for improving energy to standardisation bodies, cooperative procurements and
efficiency, studies concerning the effects of energy pricing legislation in the following areas:
on energy efficiency, and studies with a view to establish- − an energy certificate for buildings,
ing energy efficiency as a criterion within Community
programmes; − insulation for new buildings,
− the promotion of third-party funding of energy-
saving investments in the energy sector,
− regular checks on boilers,
− minimum standards for electrically-operated office
machinery (in particular computers/screens) and
household appliances,
− combined heat and power
and, in particular, energy standards in transport) for
improving energy efficiency, studies concerning the
effects of energy pricing on energy efficiency, with a view
to introducing minimum prices and tariff systems
adapted to the structure of renewable energy, and
studies with a view to establishing energy efficiency as a
criterion within Community programmes. Furthermore,
studies to assess the effects of Community energy
legislation and other measures, studies for the develop-
ment of voluntary agreements on objectives and the
monitoring thereof and involvement in internationally
coordinated activities, inter alia, are planned. Finally,
targeted research is to be undertaken aimed at reduc-
ing private and commercial individual transport in
conurbations, accompanied by a survey of the studies
already carried out on this subject by governmental
and non-governmental organisations worldwide;

(Amendment 14)

Article 2(aa) (new)

(aa) measures to encourage the switch from conventional


power stations to renewable energy facilities and
decentralised heat and power plants;
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(Amendment 15)

Article 2(b)

(b) targeted sectoral pilot schemes aimed at speeding up (b) targeted sectoral pilot schemes aimed at speeding up
investment in energy efficiency and/or improving energy investment in energy efficiency with a view to switching
use patterns, to be carried out by public and private firms from one source of energy to another and/or improving
or organisations and by existing Community-wide net- energy use patterns, to be carried out by public and private
works or temporary Community-wide groupings of organ- firms or organisations, local independent energy centres,
isations and/or firms set up to carry out these schemes; and by existing Community-wide networks or temporary
Community-wide groupings of organisations and/or firms
set up to carry out these schemes (these concern in
particular ad hoc actions through closer cooperation
between the key operators by means of Community-
wide networks; for example, projects by associations in
the building sector (for instance, associations of archi-
tects), by firms/associations in the electricity and/or gas
sectors (for example, integrated planning of resources)
and by municipal associations (for example, projects to
increase energy efficiency in urban transport)); studies
of the implications of measures proposed by the Euro-
pean institutions (for example on EU tax legislation) for
the objectives of the SAVE II programme;

(Amendment 16)

Article 2(c)

(c) measures proposed by the Commission for fostering (c) measures proposed by the Commission for fostering
exchanges of experience aimed at improving coordination exchanges of experience aimed at improving coordination
between international, Community, national, regional and between international, Community, national, regional and
local activities, using appropriate means of disseminating local activities, using appropriate means of disseminating
information; information; as regards the dissemination of informa-
tion via networks, specific target groups, or consumers
in general, should be reached by all the available media
(publications, videos, workshops, conferences and sem-
inars and databases);

(Amendment 19)

Article 2(e)

(e) monitoring energy efficiency progress in the Community (e) monitoring energy efficiency progress in the Community
and in each Member State; ongoing evaluation and and in each Member State; ongoing evaluation and
monitoring of the schemes and measures carried out under monitoring of the schemes and measures carried out under
the Programme; the Programme, with actual measurements (for exam-
ple, energy auditing) before and after the implementa-
tion of measures, interventions, incentives, etc. An in-
dependent group of experts should be set up in this
context to monitor the utilisation of the instruments
developed under SAVE and to assess progress as
regards energy efficiency. Furthermore, by using
SAVE II as a catalyst in other Community pro-
grammes such as the Regional Fund, potential energy
efficiency projects which can be supported by these
programmes should be identified.
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(Amendment 20)

Article 2(f)

(f) specific measures to improve energy management at (f) specific measures to improve energy management at
regional and urban level with a view to achieving greater regional and urban level and the introduction of renew-
cohesion between Member States and regions in the field able energy (such actions shall include, inter alia,
of energy efficiency. an improvement in the energy efficiency of primary
energy production units causing environmental pollu-
tion, a reduction in the consequences for local consum-
ers and the utilisation of the existing potential of
production units) with a view to achieving greater
cohesion between Member States and regions in the field
of energy efficiency. This action is designed to promote
ties between the various Member States or the regions
of various Member States with a view to the exchange
of information. Furthermore, the requisite sources of
information (including databases) should be esta-
blished to allow access to information on local initia-
tives. Finally, regional centres of excellence should be
set up to act as centres for local energy management
research and training activities and to contribute to the
development of solutions as regards the use of regional
sources of energy.

(Amendment 18)

Article 6, second and third paragraphs (new)

The Committee shall be responsible for monitoring the


priority given throughout the framework programme to
those activities designed to enhance the contribution of
sustainable energy technologies, in particular those which
promote the efficient use of renewable energies, given its
potential in terms of environmental protection and job
creation.

In so doing, the Committee shall take account of the


guidelines and recommendations issued by the working
party composed of representatives of the Commission and
the Member States provided for in the White Paper on
renewable energies and by the similar (or joint) body which
results from the development of the energy efficiency
strategy proposed by the Commission.

Legislative resolution embodying Parliament’s opinion on the proposal for a Council Decision
adopting a multiannual programme for the promotion of energy efficiency (1998-2002)
(COM(97)0550 − C4-0072/98 − 97/0371(SYN))

(Cooperation procedure: first reading)

The European Parliament,

− having regard to the Commission proposal to the Council (COM(97)0550 − 97/0371(SYN)),

− having been consulted by the Council pursuant to Articles 130s (1) and 189c of the EC Treaty
(C4-0072/98),