The European Commission plans to unveil its cheap energy efficiency plans later this year, it has been announced.
Gunther Oettinger, the EU's energy commissioner, said the new Energy Efficiency Action Plan will be unveiled at the end of the year, after a series of delays.
The review of the plan was originally on the previous commission's agenda, before being deferred to the new executive.
Speaking to journalists during an informal meeting of European energy ministers on Tuesday (September 7th), Mr Oettinger said that in order to meet the action plan's objective of making energy savings of 20 per cent by 2020, the EU must first agree on what all member states will contribute to the goal.
Tony Long, director of WWF's European Policy Office, commented: "A much higher political priority for energy efficiency measures is essential if the EU has any chance to meet its 20 per cent energy saving target by 2020."
He added that the results will be lower energy bills for consumers and a boost to innovation in low-carbon industries and services.
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