Brussels scales down plans on energy efficiency, renewables

Last autumn's ambitious plans by the European Commission for legislation to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency have been drastically scaled down. Formal proposals published this month would set non-binding targets for the renewables, and do not make any serious provision for future EC rules on building insulation, energy audits and other efficiency measures.1

The Commission's original plans were outlined in a communication which set out a strategy for stabilising the EC's carbon dioxide emissions at 1990 levels by 2000. The main feature of the paper was the proposed carbon/energy tax, whose introduction has since been made conditional on similar measures being taken by other developed countries (ENDS Report 208, pp 33-5 

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