Economic growth ‘could scupper energy saving goal’

EU institutions have put forward competing predictions of how close the EU will come to meeting its 2020 energy efficiency target

EU institutions have put forward competing predictions of how close the EU will come to meeting its 2020 energy efficiency target.

The European Environment Agency (EEA) says economic recession is likely to have distorted the picture of progress to date towards the 2020 energy saving goal of 20%. The EEA this week predicted that the EU will fall 3% short of the goal.

By contrast, the European Commission has predicted the gap to be only 1-2%. It further stated that the gap could be closed entirely if some member states overachieve on their targets by fully implementing national measures.

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