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Europe: Businesses need to wake up to 'unsexy' side of energy saving: #energyefficiency

They say the world is driven by sex, money and power. So if – as we are constantly told – energy efficiency isn't sexy, it must be motivated by the other two. The last week has generated a great deal of noise around energy saving, including various calls from green groups and businesses for binding targets, and a milestone vote in the European Parliament on Tuesday allowing MEPs to start negotiating the Energy Efficiency Directive with the EU Council. Something extra certainly needs to be done to make Europe more efficient. Brussels is way behind on its non-binding goal to achieve 20 per cent energy savings by 2020. Current forecasts predict it is only on track to achieve a nine per cent reduction on 1990 levels. The directive could have a major impact on the EU's binding carbon goal to cut emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. Buildings alone account for 40 per cent of the EU...

Full article: http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/opinion/2156204/businesse...

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