Clean Energy: European Parliament tightens targets
Liberal and Democrat MEPs have today welcomed the adoption of tighter targets for energy efficiency and renewable energy by 2030. The European Commission had proposed an energy efficiency target of 30% and at least 27% renewable energy for 2030. The Parliament has increased both targets to 35% with European binding targets. The parliament also sets stricter requirements for mandatory national action plans for climate and energy.
Commenting on the adoption of a 35% renewable energy target by MEPs, Fredrick Federley MEP commented:
“ALDE played a key role in forging a progressive compromise on a renewable energy target. Despite the reluctance of some MEP’s, we have managed to adopt a very clear position today that both secures an ambitious road to promoting renewable energy and takes biofuels into consideration, which will serve as a good basis for negotiations with the Presidency of the European Council.
“I am delighted MEPs have aimed high - now we have to work hard to ensure this ambition is delivered in the negotiations ahead of us. Europe is falling behind global leaders on renewable energy – it's time for an EU fight back!”
ALDE MEP Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy is delighted with the outcome:
"Europe faces three major energy challenges: it is currently too dirty, too expensive and we are far too dependent on imports from third countries like Russia. Only an ambitious policy for sustainable energy and energy saving can change this. "
"The European Commission and EU Governments have been far too reticent to date. In fact, Europe is in danger of falling behind countries such as China, India and the United States, even under Trump. We cannot afford that. This is not only important for energy, but also for the climate and competitiveness of the European industry. "