Liquid gas companies are casting themselves as champions of rural communities in a bid to weaken proposals to slash the carbon emissions produced by heating Europe’s buildings, according to dozens of lobbyist emails seen by DeSmog. 

Members of the European Parliament are due to vote next week on a revised version of a key piece of climate legislation known as the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), which governs insulation and other standards for residential and commercial property. Drafted as part of the EU’s target to cut its emissions by 55 percent by 2030, the proposals aim to tackle the third of the bloc’s emissions generated by heating its buildings.

But the directive is facing concerted opposition from a branch of the fossil fuel industry that receives relatively little scrutiny: Suppliers of liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, who see the proposed boiler phase-out as an existential threat to their $40 billion business.

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