EU regulators are to propose a more stringent energy efficiency target than was previously set to go ahead, according to a draft document seen by Reuters. The draft law, which has yet to be agreed formally by the European Commission, would see the EU commit to a binding goal to cut energy use by 30 per cent by 2030 compared with a business-as-usual scenario, Reuters said on Friday.
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More government investment in home energy efficiency programmes could help tackle climate change and create up to 9,000 jobs, economists have said. Researchers said increased spending could boost economic activity across Scotland and reduce fuel poverty. They have called for a national infrastructure programme to improve the efficiency of Scotland’s homes. The Scottish government said 40% of Scottish homes were now in the top three energy efficiency ratings. Economists at the University of Strathclyde and London School of Economics were backing calls from the Existing Homes Alliance to “transform” Scotland’s existing housing stock by making it more energy efficient. Prof Karen Turner, director of the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde, said: “Our own research shows that energy efficiency improvements free up disposable income for low-income households to better heat their homes or to spend on other things.
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