Euro-MPs back binding RE goals

The EU Parliament has again come out in favour of a 30% 2030 target for renewable energy, in a move welcomed by one industry body as a “kick in the teeth” for the European Commission.

The parliament backed an earlier verdict by its energy and industry, and environment committees in favour of a trio of binding targets for renewables, greenhouse gas reductions and energy efficiency.

The plenary vote of 341 to 263 is non-binding, but flies against the policy outlined by the European Commission last month for a 40% emissions cut goal and 27% EU-wide renewable energy target – not binding at a national level.

That approach – reflecting the approach of the UK government and its supporters –  still has to go before heads of state for approval.

The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) said: "The European Parliament has again shown it is the most forward-thinking of the institutions. It has resisted lobbying from backward-looking organisations and voted on the basis of facts.”

EWEA cited the huge jobs, energy security and cost-savings on offer from an ambitious renewables target and said: "This enlightened result is a kick in the teeth for the European Commission and its bloodless 2030 proposal published last month.

“Heads of State must pay heed to the MEPs and agree an ambitious mandate including a renewables target of at least 30% binding at national level in March."