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.

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