Final approval for EU renewable energy law

Directive set to enter into force after governments rubber stamp deal with European parliament

EU governments today formally approved the bloc's new directive on renewable energy, opening the way for entry into force upon publication in the official journal. The law will require member states to ensure that 12% of gross internal energy consumption and 22.1% of electricity consumption comes from renewable energies by 2010.

Proposed by the European Commission in 2000 after much controversy, the renewables directive forms a major plank in the EU's efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Its provisions were finalised before the summer break in a political deal between EU governments and the European parliament (EED 04/07/01).

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