Today, the European Union agreed to increase the share of renewables in the bloc’s energy production to 32 percent by 2030. The target was previously set at 27% in 2014.
Member states’ energy ministers gathered in Luxembourg this week to find a joint position on three clean energy laws which are currently being negotiated in the EU institutions – the Renewable Energy Directive, the Energy Efficiency Directive and a regulation on the Governance of the Energy Union.
On Monday, a coalition of more progressive member states proposed increasing the share of renewables to 33-35% of the bloc’s energy mix. However, the proposal was called ‘unachievable’ by Germany and Eastern European countries, highlighting deep divisions within the bloc. With some EU countries still dependant on coal and gas, a reluctance to support too high a target was evident.
Speaking from Luxembourg, Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment. Denis Naughten called on the EU to become as self-sufficient as possible in terms of energy.
The new renewable targets are part of a package of measures by the EU to help meet its overall goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% below 1990 levels by the year 2030, following the Paris Agreement to keep global warming well below 2 degrees.
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