Businesses call on Ed Davey to strengthen position on draft European Energy Efficiency Directive

A group of businesses, green groups and professional bodies – including the UK Green Building Council, Friends of the Earth, Knauf Insulation and the Royal Institute of British Architects – have written a joint letter to Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, urging him to reconsider the UK’s position on the draft European Energy Efficiency Directive (EED).

The signatories of the letter believe that a strong EED will help cut carbon emissions, improve our energy security and boost the green economy. However, the UK Government currently opposes a binding 20% energy savings target and all significant measures apart from the Energy Company Obligations.

A strong EED, with binding targets and measures, is necessary both to ensure that the EU meets its 20% energy saving target and to provide certainty for business and investors, creating opportunities for British companies and generating hundreds of thousands of jobs. The UK is ideally placed to take advantage of the business opportunities that a strong EED will bring.

The signatories to the letter include:

Association for the Conservation of Energy
Climate Action Network Europe
Copper Development Association
Danfoss Randall
Environmental Investigation Agency
European Alliance to Save Energy
Friends of the Earth
Greenpeace UK
Knauf Insulation
Lighting Industry Association
Royal Institute of British Architects
Schneider Electric
UK Green Building Council

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Published: 03/04/2012

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