The Energy Committee (EC) has backed a deal to introduce mandatory measures such as renovating public buildings and installing energy saving schemes for utilities.
Members of the European Parliament and Council proposed the energy efficiency directive on June 13th and the plenary vote is scheduled for September.
Claudia Turmes, who led negotiations with the council, said: "The new energy efficiency directive enshrines the 20 per cent efficiency target in law and sets out binding measures that will help bridge the gap that the EU must close."
Under the scheme, energy companies would have to achieve end-use savings targets by 2020, all large businesses would be required to undergo an energy audit and member states would have to renovate three per cent of the buildings occupied by government.
The EC proposed the new directive on June 22nd 2011, in a bid to ensure all member states use energy more efficiently at all stages of the energy chain.
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