The first National Energy Efficiency Action Plan for Lebanon, NEEAP 2011-2015, included in its second initiative the necessity of adopting of the Energy Conservation Law. A draft of the ‘’ Energy Conservation Law’’ was approved by the Ministry of Energy and Water and was sent to the Council of Ministers by still not amended.
The draft law needs to be updated to cope with the changes that took place in the country. The LCEC is currently working on a new Framework Law that covers developments and achievements in the energy efficiency, renewable energies, green buildings and the efficiency in the connection to the electricity grid. This Law will include the NEEAP and the NREAP (National Renewable Energy Action Plan) as the main policies to be implemented.
In order to propose a law that has minimal negative impact on the decision maker and the end user, OMSAR (Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform) along with SIGMA-OECD and LCEC are working on the law’s impact assessment. This process is called Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA).
RIA is a series of logical and sequential steps initiated in the early stages of the regulatory drafting process and following a specific methodology. These RIA steps should be conducted when a new draft law or proposal is submitted or when an existing law is to be amended. They guide and inform legislative decision makers of the advantages and disadvantages of regulatory options by evaluating their potential impact.