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On 8 April climate change minister Greg Barker told the Financial Times “We are working patiently and quietly behind the scenes with EU partners to convince them of the strong economic as well as environmental reasons why we should go for 30 per cent [greenhouse gas emission cuts] rather than 20 per cent”.
Barker hopes to win his case in a meeting of EU environment ministers this Thursday (19 April) in Denmark. Good for him. But there is a catch. Barker’s Department of Energy and Climate Change is just as patiently and quietly working to weaken a proposal for tougher EU energy savings legislation. This proposal – the draft Energy Efficiency Directive – will also be debated in Denmark.
Leaked copies of official comments are clear proof of the UK’s opposition. It is rejecting proposals to make the EU’s 20% by 2020 energy savings target legally binding – despite experience with greenhouse […]

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