EU Lawmakers Want Higher Energy Use Cut in 2006-15
EU lawmakers sitting in the European Parliament's industry committee voted late on Wednesday to raise the energy saving requirements in a draft proposal from the earlier target of a 10 percent cut in energy use until 2015.
The European Commission, author of the draft legislation, has proposed an annual one percent cut in energy use over the 2006-15 period in homes, offices, farms and across the public, transport and industry sector.
The industry committee wants a 3 percent cut in energy use between 2006 and 2009, 4 percent reduction over the 2009-12 period and 4.5 percent cut between 2012 and 2015.
British Liberal EU lawmaker Fiona Hall welcomed the vote.
"We most now ... send a clear message to those such as (British Prime Minister) Tony Blair who have voiced opposition to binding energy savings targets," she said in a statement.
"This proposal will not be watered down or shelved."
The 732-member parliament will vote on the report in June. EU governments must also agree to the draft for it to apply.