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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

EU: No action on 2030 renewables target is ‘no real option’

The EU needs to advance its plans for renewable energy targets for 2030 soon, but only as part of a wider climate package, a member of energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger’s cabinet states on 16 October 2012. Twenty percent improvements on Europe’s emissions reductions, renewables penetration, and energy efficiency record were all part of the EU’s last climate and energy package in 2009. But officials in the EU’s climate department are pessimistic about the current chances of persuading member states to agree to similar commitments at a time of recession.
Currently only Denmark and the Netherlands are thought to favour such a move. Speaking at a Eurelectric conference in Brussels earlier this month, the EU’s top climate civil servant, Jos Delbeke, said that  a full climate and energy package would not be ready until 2015 or 2016. Despite this, a communications on renewables targets for 2030 is likely within the lifetime of the current European Parliament, and Oettinger has himself called for the same in the past. An orientation debate on the subject is due in the European Council next month.

Source: EurActiv

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