EU states confirm 2030 renewable energy target

Olivia Minnock
- Leadership - Jun 29, 2018

On Thursday, a provisional agreement was accepted by EU states on renewable energy. The agreement outlines the revision of the European Union’s renewable energy directive which member states must follow.

The agreement outlines an overall target of 32% of energy in the EU coming from renewable resources by 2030. The EU will make efforts to increase the use or alternative energy sources including wind, solar, hydro, tidal, geothermal and biomass. There is also a clause to renew this 32% goal in the event of changes in demand or international obligations.

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According to EU Business, the Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenuzhka Petkova stated on behalf of the EU presidency: “With the new EU-wide target of 32% for energy from renewable sources Europe is showing leadership in the transition to clean energy.”

The agreement has also capped the use of conventional biofuels across the EU at 7% and sets the annual increase of energy from renewable sources in heating and cooling at 1.3 percentage points.

Wind Europe chief executive Giles Dickson, stated according to Renews: “This is a good step forward. It is significantly higher than the European Commission’s proposal of 27% back in 2016. It is also very good that the agreement sets out concrete measures to help ensure countries deliver on target. The five-year visibility on the support for renewables will really help industry plan ahead and reduce costs. It will help send the right signals to support investments in the supply chain”

 

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