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UK Government Waters Down EU Energy Efficiency Deal

Green lobby angered by UK’s opposition to a binding target in the Energy Efficiency Directive

The UK government has succeeded in watering down a key EU-wide agreement on energy efficiency, to the dismay of green campaigners.

Under the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), member states will be allowed to set their own targets for energy efficiency, instead of the original plan for a mandatory EU-wide target of 20% improvements in efficiency. The result is likely to be a smaller improvement, of 17%.

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