Commission plots binding EU energy saving target

The European Commission will propose legally binding energy efficiency targets for EU member states "in line with" the bloc's goal of a 20% cut in energy consumption by 2020, according to a draft revision of the EU energy efficiency action plan seen by ENDS.

The commission has not yet decided whether such legally binding targets would cover the whole economy or specific sectors, "for example buildings and, eventually, transport", according to the document. An impact assessment would be carried out to answer this question, and examine whether overall EU targets should be differentiated between member states.

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