Widening scope of EC plans on energy efficiency

Last autumn's proposal by the European Commission for an EC carbon tax is unlikely to be its last in the field. Proposals to influence energy pricing and promote the use of tax incentives to encourage investments in energy efficiency are among the list of measures which the Commission says it will launch as part of a new four-year programme on energy efficiency.

The new programme, SAVE - Specific Actions for Vigorous Energy Efficiency - was agreed by Ministers in October.1 It will run until 1995, costing 35 million ECU - about £24 million.

SAVE is one component of the Commission's proposed strategy, unveiled in September, to reduce the EC's contribution to global warming. The best known element of that package is the proposal for a carbon and energy tax (ENDS Report 200, p 34). <

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