Energy council backs weakened efficiency law

EU energy ministers have adopted a watered down directive intended to boost energy efficiency. The headline details of the deal, reached on Monday, are unchanged from a draft leaked shortly before the meeting: a non-binding "indicative" target to increase efficiency by 6% over eight years, with no separate public sector target (EED 15/06/05). The rules are significantly weaker than proposed by the European Commission and European parliament, signalling a tough second reading ahead. Greenpeace complained that the deal would merely "set in stone business as usual". See EU energy council minutes.

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