Khamenei issues energy-savings decree

Iranians must cut energy consumption by more than 30 percent of their current levels by 2015, the supreme leader of Iran said in a decree.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's top cleric, said following consultations with the Expediency Council, his top advisory body, that the country is to reform consumption patterns.

"The government, especially state companies and institutions, should serve as pioneers in promoting the efficient use of resources, especially energy consumption," the semiofficial Fars News Agency quoted the measure as stating.

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