Energy savings target may drop below 30%

EU leaders are discussing lower ambition on energy savings for the period after 2020, sources said, as the EU summit to decide new climate goals got underway

EU leaders are considering lowering ambition on energy savings for the period after 2020, sources said, as the EU summit to decide new climate goals got underway.

A 27% non-binding target was suggested as a compromise by Herman van Rompuy, who presides over the European Council, during a meeting of government negotiators on Tuesday, ENDS understands.

The European Commission proposed a 30% energy savings target in July and left it up to the member states to decide whether it should be binding. But in the days leading up to the talks a figure as low as 25% has been on the table.

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