UN chief and Gore back EC targets

Gore is in favour of the EU's approach

Gore is in favour of the EU's approach

The European Commission has won backing from United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon and former US vice-president Al Gore for dropping nationally-binding renewables targets.

The European Commision this week proposed a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 and a target of “at least 27%” renewable energy which would be “binding on the EU” but “not be binding on member states individually”.

While the EU's emissions reduction target would be divided into national targets for the 28 member states, the renewables goal wouldn’t be split between them.

The EU move has led to criticism from Brussels lobby groups and environmentalists that Europe is retreating from wind and solar power.

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