MEPs face long battle on renewables ambition

By Andreas Walstad 25 May 2017
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MEP José Blanco López has called for a higher target for renewables in the EU’s energy mix. (EP) MEP José Blanco López has called for a higher target for renewables in the EU’s energy mix. (EP)

MEPs are trying to push a more ambitious target for renewable energy through the European Parliament, but they will likely have to fend off heavy opposition from member states to succeed.

A draft of a revised renewables directive seen by Interfax Natural Gas Daily calls for renewables to account for 35% of the EU’s energy consumption by 2030, with binding targets set at a national level.

The report, drafted by socialist MEP José Blanco López (S&D, Spain), says the current target – which is for renewables to form 27% of the EU’s energy consumption by 2030 – is not enough to achieve the bloc’s agreed cuts to emissions set out in the Paris agreement on climate change in 2015. The current target was agreed by EU leaders in October 2014 based on a European Commission proposal.

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