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    EU countries back higher targets for renewables and energy efficiency


    June 27, 2022 - dpa

     

      Brussels — Higher targets for green energy and energy efficiency are to come into effect, according to an agreement by European Union ministers in charge of energy policy.

      The draft bill, which still needs to be negotiated with the European Parliament, would raise the binding target for energy from renewable sources in the overall energy mix to 40% by 2030, up from 32%, according to a press statement.

      EU countries would commit themselves to reducing end-user energy consumption by 36% by 2030 as part of the agreement.

      German Economy Minister Robert Habeck praised the agreement on the sidelines of the meeting.

      If the draft legislation was to enter into force, the EU would “have an energy and climate protection reform package the likes of which Europe has not seen for a long time,” Habeck said.

      ©2022 dpa GmbH. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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