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EU leaders must recognise energy efficiency as key for growth

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On 23rd May in Brussels, the informal European Heads of State or Government Summit discussed a strategy for growth. At a time when leaders are urgently looking for a way out of the current economic crisis, President Van Rompuy highlighted the added value of the Energy Efficiency Directive, currently under pressure from national governments. A strong Energy Efficiency Directive has the potential to act as a springboard for sustainable growth in Europe.

Speaking ahead of the Summit, Stefan Scheuer, Secretary General of the Coalition for Energy Savings, said: “Leaders must pave the way for much higher investments to realise fallow energy saving potentials. Doing so would immediately create jobs, increase public revenues, generate cost savings for all and contribute to the European model of the future: environmentally friendly, economically strong and increasingly independent. The Energy Efficiency Directive, which could do that, must be rescued from austerity.”

To read the complete press release, please click here to go to the Coalition for Energy Savings website.