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Energy: Conservation

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 3rd September 2012.

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Photo of Zac Goldsmith Zac Goldsmith Conservative, Richmond Park

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress the UK has made towards meeting its EU energy efficiency target to reduce primary energy use by 20 per cent by 2020 compared with business as usual through improvements in energy efficiency.

Photo of Gregory Barker Gregory Barker The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The target to reduce primary energy consumption by 20% by 2020 relative to business as usual applies to the European Union as a whole. The UK does not currently have a target to reduce primary energy consumption by 20% by 2020 relative to business as usual.

Under article 3 of the energy efficiency directive, the UK is required notify the European Commission of its indicative target for final energy consumption in 2020 by 30 April 2013.

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