MEPs fire up EU energy efficiency demands

Committee insists on higher targets, more compulsion, earlier implementation of end-use efficiency directive

The European parliament's industry committee has set up a battle with EU governments over energy efficiency by insisting on tougher controls in a draft directive on energy end-use efficiency and energy services. On Wednesday the committee voted to retable a series of amendments rejected by ministers at first reading (EED 15/06/05).

Whereas governments agreed that countries should save 6% of energy by six years after entry into force of the directive, the committee called for nearly double this amount - 11.5% - by nine years. The council agreed to indicative targets, but the committee voted that they should become binding for any country failing to meet them.

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