Policy and legislation

The Agency is working with the promotion of energy efficiency measures and investments in renewable energy technologies. Several of the policy measures are regulated by EU directives, e.g.:

Ecodesign directive 2009/125/EC

Establishes a framework for setting ecodesign requirements for energy-related products.

The energy labelling regulation (EU) 2017/1369

Requires labelling and standard product information for energy use and other resources by energy-related products.

Renewable energy directive (EU) 2018/2001

On the basis of the EU burden-sharing agreement, Sweden is required to achieve a renewable energy share of 49% by 2020. Sweden has further raised this goal so that its renewable energy share should be at least 50% of the total energy use.

The green electricity certificate system is the major policy measure aimed at increasing the share of renewables in Sweden. From 2011, a green electricity certificate system between Norway and Sweden is in place.

The share of renewable energy at EU level must, by 2020, constitute at least 10% of the total motor fuel use in the transport sector. Liquid biofuels should meet the sustainability criteria in the Directive.

Oil storage directive 2009/119/EC

Imposes an obligation on EU Member States to maintain minimum stocks of crude oil and/or petroleum products.

Emission trading directive 2009/29/EC

Establishes a scheme for greenhouse gas emission allowance trading in order to promote reductions of greenhouse gas emissions in an economically efficient manner.

Energy efficiency directive 2012/27/EU

Establishes rules designed to remove barriers in the energy market and overcome market failures that impede efficiency in the supply and use of energy.

Electricity market directive and gas market directive

The Energy Agency is also responsible for part of the electricity market directive (2009/72/EC) and gas market directive (2009/73/EC).

The Energy Market Inspectorate has a major responsibility for the implementation of these directives.