Energy Efficiency: Moldova adopts its 1st NEEAP and the Secretariat comments the Serbian draft law
Yesterday the Moldovan Government approved the Energy Strategy 2030 and the 1st National Energy Efficiency Action Plan (NEEAP) (2013 – 2015). The NEEAP is an important step forward in complying with the Energy Community acquis. Parallel to this, the Secretariat sent yesterday its comments on the draft law on Efficient Use of Energy to the Serbian Ministry of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection. The law aims to transpose the EU directive 2010/30/EU on labelling of energy products, the Energy Services Directive, 2006/32/EC, and the Eco-design Directive, 2009/125/EC.
The Secretariat congratulates the Moldovan Ministry of Economy and the Agency for Energy Efficiency for adopting the 1st NEEAP and fulfilling thereby an important requirement under the Treaty’s energy efficiency acquis. At an earlier stage, the Secretariat reviewed the draft NEEAP and offered comments, helping Moldova to prepare the Plan. As for the Secretariat, the NEEAP adopted yesterday is in compliance with the requirements of the Energy Services Directive. Throughout the drafting process, Moldova also benefitted from a technical assistance (TA) offered by the Swedish Government. The Swedish TA aims, at a larger scope, to support capacity building in Moldovan energy sector.
In order to ensure compliance with the energy efficiency acquis, the Secretariat, at the request of the relevant Serbian authorities, has revised the draft law on several occasions (in Feb 2011, Jul 2011, Sep 2011, and now on 16 Jan 2013). In Dec 2012, the Ministry told the Secretariat that the law will be one of its priorities, as it has been already delayed for quite some time in the past. In its comments, the Secretariat encouraged Serbia to determine not only energy efficiency targets and responsibilities for the obligated parties, but also set incentives on legal, institutional, financial and fiscal framework. The law aims to develop an energy services market, in which public companies may benefit from private partnerships and to become more energy and cost effective, more competitive and environmentally friendly. The Secretariat looks forward to cooperating with the Serbian central and local authorities to implement a modern and comprehensive energy efficient framework.