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EU leaders call for new energy efficiency targets

Leaders from seven nations within the European Union (EU) are pushing for all member states to sign up to a binding energy savings target next month.

Reuters report the move is to try to move away from a reliance on Ukraine and Russia for energy sources, with the current crisis in the region highlighting just how dependent the bloc is on Eastern Europe for gas supplies.

Around half of the resources that Russia sends to Europe is transited through Ukraine and bosses from countries including Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Denmark and Greece have now called for measures to be put in place to ensure that that energy isn't being needlessly wasted.

Among the areas they want to reduce levels of power consumption in is private housing, with measures like cavity and solid wall insulation proving to be highly effective in making properties more energy efficient.

It's possible the target set could be to reduce energy consumption by as much as 40 per cent by 2030.

Posted by Helen Hughes