EU ministers back 2030 RE goal

Ministers from eight EU states including Germany and France have made a strong call to the European Commission to set a renewable energy target for 2030, in opposition to the stance taken by the UK and others which advocate just an emissions goal.

“A target for renewable energy is crucial to provide certainty that can ensure cost-effective investments in energy systems that will strengthen the internal market for energy,” the group of energy and environment ministers say.

They made the call in a letter to Connie Hedegaard,  the EU commissioner for climate action, and Gunther Oettinger, commissioner for energy.

The letter is signed by ministers from Austria,  Belgium,  Denmark,  France,  Germany,  Ireland,  Italy and Portugal.  A clean energy goal is “crucial” to providing the certainty that industry needs for cost-effective investments, the ministers argue.

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