MEPs face long battle on renewables ambition

Efforts to raise the EU’s renewables target to 35% of energy consumption look set to face significant opposition Efforts to raise the EU’s renewables target to 35% of energy consumption look set to face significant opposition.
By Andreas Walstad 25 May 2017 0 26069
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...

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