European Legislation

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Display Energy Certificates (DECs) are part of the Government’s commitment to the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

The objective of the Directive 2002/91/EC on the Energy Performance of Buildings is to promote the energy performance of buildings within the European Union taking into account outdoor climatic and local conditions as well as indoor climate requirements and cost-effectiveness.

Implementation of the Directive’s requirements will contribute to the EU’s carbon emission reduction targets as set out in the Kyoto Protocol (8% reduction between 1990 and 2012) and the Energy Policy for Europe (20% reduction by 2020).

UK CO2 Emissions

Buildings are responsible for almost 50% of the UK’s energy consumption and carbon emissions. Commercial properties and public buildings currently account for nearly 25% of the UK’s carbon emissions; contributing to global climate change.

The ways in which we light, heat and use buildings all contribute to carbon emissions. Even small improvements to the energy performance and the way buildings are used could have a significant effect on our fuel bills and carbon emissions.