European Commission proposes new renewable energy targets

By Staff | April 03, 2014

The European Commission recently proposed new clean energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction objectives, calling for an EU-wide 27 percent binding target for renewable energy by 2030. The commission is also calling for a GHG reduction of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. In addition, the commission has proposed to establish a new governance system and a set of new indictors to ensure a competitive and secure system.

The new targets build upon previously established targets that are to be attained by 2020. Those goals included a 20 percent GHG reduction, a 20 percent renewable energy goal and 20 percent energy efficiency improvements.

The U.K.-based Renewable Energy Association has criticized what it calls a “lack of ambition for renewable energy” in the proposal, noting it sets no specific targets for EU member states. The REA also noted that the proposal indicates the renewables target would be ensured by a new governance system based on national energy plans, but that the U.K. government has been pushing for a technology-neutral approach that downplays the role of renewables.