Proposed stricter Dutch energy standards for new commercial and public sector buildings are being scrutinised by parliament and could take effect in July. Standards for all newly-built "utility" buildings are set to rise by 10% from existing levels introduced in January 2000. The government has set a goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions from utility buildings by 1m tonnes by 2008-12, and the proposal is expected to deliver 8% of this. More action to boost buildings' energy efficiency was promised last May (EED 30/05/01). See Dutch environment ministry.
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