EC shifts from binding RE goal

The European Commission is expected to make a preliminary decision on the anti-dumping case in June.

The European Commission will release its White Paper on 22 January

European commissioners have moved towards rejecting calls for a new legally-binding 2030 renewables target, as a deepening rift emerges across Europe between EU governments, industry and green groups over setting new goals.

One Brussels source tells Recharge that a majority of commissioners has now accepted the UK’s argument, supported by EC president Jose Manuel Barroso, that member states should adopt a single greenhouse gas (GHG) target, but scrap the idea of binding targets for renewables and energy efficiency.

The Commission is facing intense lobbying ahead of a White Paper on the issue — which will also cover the future structure of the emissions trading scheme (ETS) and renewables subsidies — to be released on 22 January.

Commissioners have agreed that the White Paper will only Log in to read complete article.

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