Industrial Leaders Want Energy Saving Action

EUROPEAN industry chiefs said yesterday that Europe's leaders need to take a stand on power savings as the continent continues to miss reduction targets.

Chief executives of companies, such as Whirlpool Europe, AB Electrolux Bosch and Siemens, are insisting that politicians do more to bring about binding energy savings targets.

Following another disappointing COP meeting industry moguls want national governments to take the lead.

In a joint letter to European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and national leaders they call for politicians to fully address energy savings in the upcoming European Energy Summit in Brussels on February 4.

In the letter they state Europe is 'almost certain' to miss 2020 energy savings target 'unless extra effort is made immediately'.

The recent estimate by the European Commission suggests Europe will only achieve a saving of an estimated 9 percent by 2020 as against its own target of 20 percent.

The letter also stresses the need to give energy efficiency priority place in the list of actions under the Energy Strategy 2020, underlining how important it is the Summit itself spurs firm action on energy savings measures across Europe.

One of the signatories Knauf Insulation Chief Executive, Tony Robson, said: "Our industries are looking to Europe's political leaders for strong commitment and action in this field.

"Making the 20 percent energy savings target a real policy commitment should, in our view, be a top priority."

Picture by stevecadman

Friday 14th January 2011

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