“Credible” energy saving plan in just 3 EU nations

Just three out of 27 European nations have “credible and meaningful” plans for meeting energy saving targets under the EU’s 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive. That’s according to the Coalition for Energy Savings which has analysed member states’ plans to achieve their 1.5% yearly energy savings target by 2020. Only three plans, from Croatia, Denmark and […]

Commission’s energy boss tries to calm UK efficiency VAT row

The European Commission’s own energy department disagrees with EU court action against the UK’s lower rate of VAT for energy saving devices. Philip Lowe, the Commission’s Director General for Energy said any scheme which made people save energy was “very worthwhile” and suggested the court action was driven by Brussels’ tax officials. His comments at […]

UK takes flak for “watering down” EU efficiency laws

The UK Government has been criticised for its role in “watering down” new EU laws which set legally binding energy efficiency laws for European countries. The EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive means all Member States have to bring in energy saving schemes, led by the public sector. It also reinforces the EU’s 20% energy savings target […]