Buildings sector 'holds key to EU efficiency target'

The EU must adopt by 2011 a coherent legislative framework that closes gaps between laws on the efficiency of products and buildings, according to a manifesto issued by a coalition of NGOs on Wednesday and backed by a group of cross-party MEPs.

Gaps and inconsistencies in existing directives on the energy performance of buildings, product ecodesign and energy labelling are undermining efforts to achieve energy savings in Europe, says the coalition. And ongoing legislative reviews are proving insufficient to solve the problem.

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