Adopting a do-it-yourself approach to growing consumption trends, practical play icon Bob the Builder has been recruited by the European Commission to present a plan to cut EU energy use by 20 percent by 2020. This was a day before European leaders raised their concerns about oil and gas supplies with Russia.
The EU energy saving plan needs the approval of the member countries. To be introduced over six years, the plan identifies 10 priority steps. They include: New standards for performance in products such as water heaters, consumer electronics, televisions and lighting.
Standards for buildings, notably smaller ones, and promotion of low energy housing; Binding efficiency requirements for new power generation; Limiting car CO2 emissions; And reviewing tax rules to better integrate energy efficiency and environmental needs. Also, through sharing information about best practices and promoting international agreements, the Commission’s plan says the cost of EU energy consumption could be reduced by more than 100 billion euros per year.