EU mulls cutting energy use by 35%

Draft communication suggests Europe should set non-binding target of reducing energy consumption 30-35% by 2030, reports EurActiv

To maintain Europes emissions-cutting momentum, a 30% cut in energy usage is needed by 2030, rising to 35% if the EU wants to reap the benefits of energy security, jobs and growth, says a draft communication for the blocs energy efficiency review, seen by EurActiv.

The target would be indicative or non-binding on member-states until 2017 at least, and would be based on an absolute reduction in primary energy consumption of 1312 Million tonnes of oil equivalent (Mtoe) for the 35% figure, and 1218 Mtoe for the 30% goal.

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