The EU announced, in December 2010, its intention to transform the EU target of a 20 per cent reduction in energy consumption by 2020 into a binding target. However, at the fist energy meeting in Brussels on 4 February 2011, no binding target was set. This is despite EU businesses (such as Whirlpool, Electrolux, Bosch and Siemens) demanding that politicians are proactive to introduce binding energy efficiency targets.

However, it was agreed that all members must look to meeting this target by particular emphasis on “public procurement for relevant public buildings and services”. The target for energy consumption will be reviewed again by 2013 and there will be consideration as to whether further measures are necessary.