Agency: EU must accelerate low-carbon switch

European environment agency says energy consumption will increase by up to one-quarter by 2030 without more action

The EU must implement "more stringent climate and energy policies" in order to reverse a predicted increase in primary energy consumption between now and 2030, according to a new report from the European environment agency.

The report analyses the environmental impact of energy consumption in Europe, and concludes that under current policies and measures EU energy consumption will continue to rise by up to 26 per cent by 2030.

Presenting the report to MEPs in Strasbourg on Thursday, EEA head Jacqueline McGlade said the move towards a low carbon society "isn’t happening fast enough to secure the future of our environment" and that "business as usual is not an option for the energy sector".

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