Are the EU environmental proposals for stage lighting the beginning of the end for live music? Not so fast...
Council of the EU attempts to delay the introduction of new energy efficiency labels contradict its environmental commitments under last year’s Paris climate agreement and will stop households saving money on their energy bills, said the Coolproducts campaign ahead of the latest round of talks on the proposal tomorrow.
Europe is closer to a refreshed A-G energy efficiency label on TVs, fridges and other goods than ever before. Last week the European Parliament put its cards on the table and today negotiations with member state representatives begin.
The political battle lines are important, with real threats of homes locked to fossil fuel heating to as late as 2030; clean tech strangled by incumbent players; useful information blocked from consumer ads; and much-needed government enforcement measures rejected.
Here we sum up the good and the bad of the Parliament and government positions now being thrashed out ahead of a final deal expected by October.
TTIP cast its dark shadow over EU energy policies this week. A leak of negotiating papers for the increasingly unpopular US-EU trade deal showed the EU offering to reverse its own climate policies, according to the Guardian. Where product policies are concerned, it threatens to swap hard-working and enforceable energy standards for weak voluntary ones considered a failure by all, including industry. That would be a profound backward step for consumers, the environment and even the EU’s reputation post-Brexit.