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Cancun spirit carries on as MEPs vote for binding energy efficiency targets

December 16, 2010 6:09 PM

MEPs have called on the EU Commission to propose binding energy efficiency targets as a cost-effective way to fight climate change, improve energy security and promote economic recovery.

Local Lib Dem MEP Liz Lynne, who voted for the resolution at the Parliament in Strasbourg this week, said an EU move is vital to back up the Energy Secretary Chris Huhne's battle for tougher multilateral action at the recent Cancun summit.

Liz Lynne said: "I believe the EU has a huge responsibility to lead the way on fighting climate change. We need to follow the spirit of Cancun by getting tough with energy efficiency targets.

"Chris Huhne did a great job at Cancun showing what political will can achieve, but the summit also showed how much more international co-operation is needed. The EU has to play their part.

"We have some progress on renewable energy and even on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to binding EU targets.

"However, it is clear the voluntary target to reduce energy consumption by 20% in 2020 has failed abysmally. The best guess at the moment is that we are only on track for a 9% reduction despite the economic problems.

"We need binding targets not as an end in themselves but to drive and focus innovation and policy implementation. We need to act without any further delays."

"Energy efficiency is key to fighting fuel property, saving people money and creating local jobs. The potential is massive.

"MEPs voted to ensure the EU plays its part in making funds available to help cut energy consumption in all areas from housing and transport to industry."

Heads of government will be discussing energy efficiency at a special summit to follow up Cancun on 4th February 2011.