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Environmental Protection (Energy Efficiency) Act 2009.

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This Act implements the objectives of the Directive in establishing a common framework of measures for the promotion of energy efficiency within the European Union in order to ensure the achievement of the European Union s 2020 20% headline target on energy efficiency; pave the way for further energy efficiency improvements beyond that date. This Act further provides for the establishment of indicative energy efficiency targets for 2020.
The requirements laid down in this Act are minimum requirements and shall not prevent the competent authority from maintaining or introducing more stringent measures if such measures are compatible with European Union Law. The Minister must ensure that any legislative measure that is adopted pursuant to sub-section (3) is notified to the European Commission.
The Act is divided into IV main Parts, and 17 sub-sections. Titles of main Parts are as follows: Preliminary and interpretation (I); Energy savings and efficiency targets (II); Efficiency in energy use (III); Efficiency in energy supply (IIIA); Horizontal provisions (IIIB); Final provisions (IV). Main topics regulated by this Act are as follows: energy end-use efficiency in the public sector; building renovation; exemplary role of public bodies buildings; purchasing by public bodies; energy efficiency obligation schemes; energy audits and energy management systems; metering; billing information; cost of access to metering and billing information; consumer information and empowering programmes; promotion of efficiency in heating and cooling; energy transformation, transmission and distribution; availability of qualification, accreditation and certification schemes; information and training; energy services; other measures to promote energy efficiency; energy efficiency fund, financing and technical support; conversion factors; review and monitoring of implementation; regulations; and offences and penalty provisions.
This Act has the direct purpose to transpose into the Legal system of Gibraltar the provisions of Regulation (EC) no 1005/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 September 2009 on substances that deplete the ozone layer as amended by Commission Regulation (EU) no 744/2010 of 18 August 2010 with regard to the critical uses of halons; and Regulation (EU) no 517/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 on fluorinated greenhouse gases and repealing Regulation (EC) no 842/2006.
Schedules 1-17 are also part of this publication (schedules 1, 3 and 4 are repealed as stated in the text; those still in force are containing various technical documents and guidelines; cost-benefit analysis; guarantee of origin for electricity produced from high-efficiency cogeneration; list minimum items to be included in energy performance contracts with the public sector or in the associated tender specifications).
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This Act entered into force on 29 April 2010.
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