Spanish energy saving and efficiency plan

The Spanish government has approved an €8bn, three-year energy saving and efficiency plan designed to cut consumption by 8.5% and reduce CO2 emissions by 32.5m tonnes. Launched on 8 July, the plan includes a 0.8% levy on consumers' electricity bills to finance the replacement of 2m low-efficiency domestic appliances and creation of green transport schemes for large workplaces. Included in a long list of other actions are energy audits in selected industrial sectors and improved building insulation. The plan replaces previous measures introduced in 2003 (EED 19/01/04). See press release.

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