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terça-feira, 14 de março de 2017

Member states move to weaken EU energy efficiency targets


Energy efficiency renovation is vital for Europe's ageing building stock.
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The EU is revising its Energy Efficiency Directive, putting measures to meet its UN commitments to cap global warming into law.

The European Commission’s bill is being amended by both the Council of Ministers and the Parliament. Both MEPs and national diplomats must agree an identical text before it becomes law.

Malta holds the rotating Presidency of the EU. Leaked documents, prepared by Malta, revealed that member states will accept the executive’s proposed 30% increase in energy efficiency compared to 1990 levels.

But governments have pushed back at the Commission’s demand that the 2030 targets be made binding, calling for them to be “indicative” (non-binding) instead.

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