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EU Environment Committee supports tighter energy efficiency rules

The European Parliament's Environment Committee ENVI has decided to work toward increasing the target in the upcoming Energy Efficiency Directive to a binding requirement of 40 percent by 2030.

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Europeans need to save more energy than the EU Commission has proposed. The European Parliament's Environment Committee ENVI has reached agreement on a formal position, proposing a binding requirement of a 40-percent reduction relative to 2005. Furthermore, the committee wants to close several loopholes in the Commission's proposal, including loopholes that currently exclude efficiency measures in the transport sector. The committee finds that these holes could dilute the target.

ENVI's recommendation does not mean that the 40-percent target will be implemented. First the issue must be processed by the industry committee ITRE, before the parliament as a whole votes on the matter. Afterwards the Commission and the European Council must reach agreement. Some member nations only want a guideline target of 27 percent.

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