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France throws weight behind 30% energy savings goal

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France's energy minister has joined Germany in backing an energy efficiency goal of at least 30% with hope of pushing out a target.for 2030 prior to the talks that took place in Brussels on 23 July, 2014.

Energy efficiency policies have gained momentum in the context of the Ukraine crisis as EU member states seek to do all they can to reduce the need for imported Russian energy.

But it is divisive because of the upfront costs required to make buildings more efficient, such as spending on improved insulation.

"It (France) supports a reduction of energy use of at least 30 percent and will help to define over the coming weeks how to enforce that," French Energy Minister Ségolène Royal wrote in a letter seen by Reuters.

The letter, dated July 17, is addressed to European Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard and European Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger, who will discuss an EU energy efficiency goal with all the other commissioners on Wednesday.

Following the internal debate, the Commission is expected to make a policy announcement.

A draft Commission report seen by EurActiv said the bloc fell just short of meeting a 2020 goal to achieve energy savings of 20% versus projected business as usual.

 

To read the full article, please go to the EurActiv website here.

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