Green campaigners lobby Europe to dilute flagship energy efficiency law
The UK’s green campaigners are lobbying to dilute its flagship energy efficiency law after concerns were raised that it could ‘crash’ the EU energy efficiency industry and lead to weaker policies post Brexit.
Government officials asked the European commission to drop elements of the law after Theresa May triggered article 50.
The UK has previously welcomed the energy efficiency directive and energy reduction targets due to end by 2020, as an essential mechanism to reduce consumer bills and reduce the country’s dependence upon energy imports.
The European commission has outlined a binding energy efficiency improvement target of 30% reduction by 2030. Documents obtained by Greenpeace reveal that the UK is urging the commission to reduce the target to 27% and make it non-compulsory for the EU’s 28 members.
According to the head of energy at Greenpeace, the government is attempting to drive the rest of the EU into weaker policies as the country is on the brink of leaving during the Brexit negotiations.
The EU has committed to putting “energy efficiency first” as part of its action on climate change. Energy Efficiency should be at the forefront for both large and small organisations as it is their responsibility to reduce their impact upon the environment by reducing their energy consumption and therefore their carbon footprint.
It is essential for organisations to take action and reduce their carbon footprint not only to comply with legal requirements but also to enhance their green credentials. Under the European commission’s strategy, energy providers would be required to achieve savings of 1.5% per year until 2030 using energy efficiency measures. While the UK is calling for the target to be abolished, companies still have an obligation to meet green objectives and reduce their impact on the environment.
“Market-based measures, rather than binding obligations, should be used to drive energy efficiency investment,” said Lawrence Slade, the chief executive of Energy UK.
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