Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to increase the European Union’s (EU’s) energy efficiency and renewable energy targets.

The industry and energy committee supported a 40% efficiency goal and national targets for 2030.

Both targets will be legally binding.

Opponents had pushed for a 30% non-binding target, but their amendment was defeated.

‘Missed opportunity’ on renewables

As well as passing the energy efficiency directive, MEPs also voted in favour of the European Commission’s proposal to increase the EU’s renewable energy target from 27% to 35% by 2030.

But environmental groups continued to criticise the move as a “missed opportunity”.

Campaigners argued that the target should have been higher – at 40% – and should have been legally-binding.

> Read the European Parliament's announcement