Business lobby group: EU energy rules 'destroying UK jobs'

European Union energy rules have played a growing role in 'destroying British jobs', an independent business campaign group claims.

According to a report by Business for Britain, rising energy costs threaten 1.5 million jobs in the energy intensive sector, with 363,000 being at high risk.

The group concludes that member states need the power to "block, amend or leave" EU laws.

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UK energy policies 'creating jobs'

Low carbon policies are creating jobs in the UK, a Government spokesperson said, responding to a new report which claims EU energy rules - including on emissions targets - threaten British jobs.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change spokeswoman said:

The UK's energy policies are designed to keep the lights on, cut energy use and reduce polluting emissions, at the lowest possible cost to gas and electricity customers.

Our move to a low-carbon future is bringing thousands of jobs and investment to every corner of the country. Since 2010, £45 billion has been invested, and by 2020 we expect to see 250,000 jobs supported by the low carbon sector.

– A Department of Energy and Climate Change spokeswoman

EU energy regulations 'aren't working'

"The EU's energy regulations aren't working and we are already paying the price for their failure," the head of an independent business campaign group said.

Matthew Elliott is the chief executive of Business for Britain, which is behind a new study that found 1.5 million British jobs are threatened by rising energy prices.

The EU's energy regulations aren't working and we are already paying the price for their failure. Poorly designed policy and unrealistic targets have conspired to help push up energy bills and put jobs at risk, but failed to open up the market to cross border trade.

Renegotiation offers a once in a generation opportunity to get a better deal for British businesses and fix the EU's broken energy policy. It's time for the Commission to make good on its commitment to subsidiarity and allow member states to decide themselves how they meet EU emissions targets.

– Matthew Elliott

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British jobs 'threatened by EU energy rules'

Rising energy prices, partly driven by EU rules, are a threat to British jobs, a new study claims. Credit: PA

European Union energy rules are "destroying" British jobs, according to an independent business campaign group.

A report by Business for Britain entitled 'Energy policy and the EU - How a better deal could bring down the cost of energy and save jobs' claims rising energy costs threaten 1.5 million jobs in Britain's energy intensive sector, with 363,000 at high risk.

It states that while the EU is not the only reason energy prices have risen, it has played a "significant and growing role in driving up the cost of energy" and consequently in "reducing Britain's industrial output and in destroying jobs."

EU energy policies account for up to 9% of the cost of energy for the Energy Intensive Industries, according to the paper, and this could rise to just under 16% by 2030.

The study concludes that member states need the power to amend or block EU laws to address these problems.

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