Design of Energy Efficiency Obligation scheme (EEO)
According to notification sent by Ministry of Industry and Trade to EC on December 2013, the Czech Republic has no plans to introduce an energy efficiency obligation (EEO) scheme.
Proposed alternative measures
To comply with Article 7, the Czech Republic has opted to implement a set of other policy measures in accordance with Article 7(9) of the Directive. Of the other policy measures offered and described by the Directive, Czech will make use of financing schemes and instruments, as well as training and education, including energy advisory programs, that lead to the application of energy-efficient technology or techniques and have the effect of reducing end-use energy consumption.
Financial engineering instruments
Non-investment subsidies (analyses of the appropriateness of the Energy Performance Contracting method, energy management, education: advice centers, seminars, publications).
If funds for the above forms of support are insufficient to achieve the savings target set by the Directive, the parameters will be revised and the portfolio of financial instruments will be expanded. It will be considered to supplement the alternative scheme for the second period (from 2018) by incorporating another option (e.g. a national fund) available under the Directive.
In connection with setting the target under Article 7 of the Directive, it should be noted that the Czech Republic’s alternative scheme has yet to be submitted to the Government for approval because Directive 2012/27/EU is still being transposed into national legislation and, in particular, there has been a delay in configuring the settings for the next programming period and in publishing Commission Guidelines on the Directive.
According to NEEAP more than 50% of current energy consumption in the Czech Republic is covered by domestic primary energy sources. The import energy dependence indicator is therefore less than 50% and is the lowest in the EU. Political and economic transition included sharp increase in energy efficiency. Despite a slowly increasing trend in energy efficiency, the Czech Republic still has one of the highest energy and carbon intensity in the EU.
Energy intensity in the transport sector has been on an increasing path despite a decline reported in 2012, but there is further scope for energy savings in buildings. The Czech Republic decided to exclude transport from measures that fall under the Energy Efficiency Directive.