The European Commission is to announce a higher level of ambition for improving the EU’s energy efficiency, according to a draft document seen by Reuters.

The agency reported on 9 September that the Commission would propose a binding target to cut energy use by 30% by 2030––up from the 27% cut agreed by member states in 2014. An EU source said that the target would represent a significant step towards implementing the Paris climate agreement, but that the Commission was also mindful of the extra upfront costs to energy users that it would involve.

The Commission is expected to publish the draft law next month as part of a set of proposals to deliver on the 2030 goals.

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