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Professional bodies pressure Whitehall on EED | 4 April 2012

A group of business and professional bodies have called upon the government to alter its stance on the European Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), architecture.com reports

The EED is a directive which was implemented to ensure the European Union meets its 20 per cent energy savings target by 2020. The UK government, however, has opposed many of the measures outlined in the EED, including installing 20 per cent as a binding target.

In response, a group of official bodies, including the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Friends of the Earth and the UK Green Building Council have written to the coalition to urge them to change their minds.

The letter lobbies the government on a number of points, including the adoption of 20 per cent as a binding target, the allocation of individual national targets, a trajectory for each member state and large-scale redevelopment of public buildings to be more eco-friendly.

If successful, the move could see more businesses consulting their facilities management software to help them achieve their sustainability targets.

Speaking to fm-world.co.uk of the letter, head of external affairs at RIBA Anna Scott-Marshall explained: “The UK is in a great position to take advantage of a strong EED, given how our energy efficiency policy is progressing.

“It will help ensure we create new green jobs and growth by eliminating our current inefficient use of energy.”

Written by David Howells on behalf of Qube Global Software

While posted by Qube Global Software all views expressed are not necessarily those of the company. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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