US More Attractive Than Europe for Manufacturing Business Driven by Energy Efficiency

‘Low carbon leakage’ begins as EU prepares to junk efficiency goal

EurActiv, January 16, 2014

In a letter to the EU Commission president, José Manuel Barroso, seen by EurActiv, Tony Robson, the CEO of Knauf Insulation blamed a slackening of Europe’s commitment to energy efficiency goals for his firm’s decision.

“If words were action in the field of energy efficiency, then I would be opening new factories in Europe,” Robson’s letter reads, “but as they are not we have just closed a factory in Italy and are planning to open three new plants in the US, Asia and Turkey.”

The company has “no plans to build any additional plants” in Europe, according to the letter, which is dated 9 January.

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