A NORTH East politician says a European “green deal” will help businesses and homeowners in the region cut energy bills.
Liberal Democrat MEP Fiona Hall welcomed the energy efficiency agreement, struck by EU Member States and the European Parliament.
It also aims to put the EU back on track to achieve energy savings of 20 per cent by 2020.
Ms Hall, who was a member of the European Parliament’s negotiation team, said “Saving energy is the easiest way to offset the effects of higher energy prices.
“It is also the least costly way to cut carbon emissions whilst creating skilled local jobs and driving economic growth.
“Energy Secretary Ed Davey’s personal intervention at a crucial time in the negotiations secured this important deal, that will see governments put forward clear roadmaps on how to make the entire building sector more energy efficient.”