RE groups plea for 2030 EU targets

A group of ten European renewable energy associations have made a strong joint appeal to EU heads of state meeting in Brussels on 20-21 March to grasp the long-term benefits of implementing nationally binding renewables targets.

The associations warn that “the European economy is exposed to volatile fossil fuel prices and insecure fossil fuel imports, especially in these days of geopolitical turmoil at our borders”.

According to the European Commission's own impact assessment, the proposals the leaders will discuss tomorrow are not the ones that would bring the most benefits by 2030.

The associations point out while a 2030 framework based on a truly ambitious and binding renewables target would deliver major savings, such as an additional €260 billion in avoided fossil fuel imports and 568,000 more jobs, the heads of state will only consider the least ambitious pathway.

EU ministers earlier this month broadly backed proposals for a binding 27% Europe-wide renewables target for 2030 and a 40% greenhouse gas reduction goal. There have been few signs of a decisive momentum towards the 30% renewables target and the imposition of binding national goals that many in the industry were hoping for.

The association say an ambitious 2030 climate and energy framework based on a nationally binding EU renewable energy target is not only justified from a macro-economic viewpoint, but it is also crucial for businesses and investors.

The associations thus call on the heads of states and governments to fully reap the benefits of a more sustainable energy system and to agree on an ambitious nationally binding EU renewable energy target for 2030.

The ten associations are: EWEA, Ocean Energy Europe, EUREC, ESTIF, ESTELA, ESHA, EREF, EPIA, EGEC and AEBIOM.