EU energy efficiency and services law agreed

Governments commit to regular EU-monitored action plans as price for avoiding binding targets

EU governments have agreed to draw up a rolling series of energy efficiency action plans under a new law announced in the European parliament on Tuesday. MEP Mechtild Rothe, the parliament's rapporteur, said the directive would enable Europe to launch an energy savings offensive.

The end-use energy efficiency and energy services directive has been in the legislative pipeline since late 2003 when it was tabled by the European commission. It is an important EU climate change policy and has gained extra political momentum as world oil prices and concerns over energy security have risen.

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