Nine European countries including Britain have been handed formal warnings over their failure to tell the European Commission what they are doing to cut energy waste in buildings.
The EU requires member states to set minimum energy efficiency standards for newly constructed and bigger existing buildings under the 2002 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.. These are to be followed by “energy labels” accompanied by advice on improving energy performance of buildings.
The nine states that have still not provided sufficient reports on their progress are Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, the Slovak Republic, Spain and the United Kingdom. The EU has warned it will bring their cases before the European Court of Justice if it does not receive satisfactory replies.