Report calls for 35% renewables target for Europe by 2030

A draft report has called on the European Union to increase its 2030 renewable energy target from 27% to 35% and bring back binding targets for each member state.

The report was written by José Blanco López, a Spanish member of the European Parliament and the Energy Committee’s “rapporteur”, who reports on its meetings.

His paper is expected to form the basis for the European Parliament’s official position on the European Commission’s new Renewable Energy Directive, which will set the tone for the bloc’s renewables policy.

The report suggested a 2030 target for the UK of 32%.

Call for 45% target

The leaked report was welcomed by environmental groups.

Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, said: “Raising the target to at least 35% is a step in the right direction, but still stops short of fulfilling the EU’s commitment under the Paris Agreement.

“This report should match the level of ambition set out by the Parliament’s report on the overarching governance regulation, which calls for an at least 45% target.

“We welcome the call for national binding targets, which would strengthen investor confidence and in turn reduce transition costs.”

Local production and consumption

Sebastian Mang, climate and energy policy adviser with Greenpeace EU, added: “The parliament is right to ramp up the EU’s renewable energy targets and to require each country do their share to fight climate change.

“But Mr Blanco López is in danger of compromising too soon; he can and should prioritise access for renewables and give people real control of their energy bills."

“Renewable energy ranks amongst the cheapest in Europe, and decentralised ownership in solar and wind generation allows communities to switch off dirty coal and nuclear while maximising the benefits of producing and consuming energy locally.”

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