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EU Lawmakers Ramp Up Push to Cut Energy Demand This Decade

  • Industry committee votes to boost energy efficiency targets
  • Commission sees reducing energy demand as key priority

European Union lawmakers stepped up efforts to increase energy efficiency targets just as a worsening energy crisis threatens the bloc’s climate goals.

Deputies from Parliament’s industry committee voted Wednesday to reduce the EU’s energy consumption 14.5% by 2030 versus 2020 projections, more than the 13% proposed in May by the European Commission as part of plans to cut dependence on Russian oil and gas. Lawmakers also backed boosting renewables to 45% of final energy consumption, in line with the Commission’s proposal.