EU electricity labelling deal still elusive

Council leaves decision on pollution and energy source information till next meeting

EU governments have not yet agreed rules for labelling of energy sources and pollution profiles on consumers' electricity bills, it emerged from a meeting of energy ministers in Luxembourg last Friday. This issue is one of four major outstanding points in a draft EU directive on further energy market liberalisation now left to be resolved at a council meeting late next month.

Almost all EU governments want bills to state which primary energy sources were used to generate the electricity consumed. But four member states are holding out for more. Germany, Greece, Austria and Belgium want an indication of the carbon dioxide emissions produced and the amount of nuclear waste generated, if appropriate.

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