For the level of the target, a reduction of primary energy compared to a 2007 baseline of 27, 30, 33, 35 and 40 % was assessed. For the formulation of the target, a primary and/or a final energy consumption, a saving or an energy intensity target were analysed. Regarding the nature of the target, the following options were assessed:
Option 1: indicative EU and national targets;
Option 2: binding EU target;
Option 3: binding Member State targets.
No preferred option was identified.
For Article 7 the following options were assessed:
Option 1: no regulatory action at EU level; continue with guidance on regulatory framework and work on enforcement;
Option 2: extend Article 7 to 2030;
Option 3: extend Article 7 to 2030; simplify and update (e.g. on what savings can be counted and on-building renewable energy production);
Option 4: extend Article 7 to 2030, update and simplify increase the rate of savings.
For Articles 9-11 the following options were assessed:
Option 1: improved implementation and further guidance (no regulatory action)
Option 2: clarification and updating of the provisions, including consolidation of the provisions on electricity and gas with the Internal energy market legislation to ensure coherence.
All options are assessed in the Impact Assessment and compared against the baseline scenario and to each other. As a result of this analysis, option 3 for Article 7 and option 2 for Articles 9-11 are the preferred options as they are the most effective in achieving the expected objectives, most efficient as well as consistent with other EU energy and climate policies.