CEOs take 2030 case to Brussels

The CEOs of some of Europe’s biggest clean-energy companies will gather in Brussels tomorrow to make the case for ambitious, binding EU 2030 renewables targets.

The bosses of wind turbine giants Vestas, Alstom and Enercon are due to join those of Acciona, RES and ERG Renew at a press conference to discuss the issue.

The companies are among 91 signatories to a statement calling for a binding 2030 RE goal, a list that also features other industry heavyweights such as Gamesa, Dong Energy and Nordex.

The group hopes to ramp up the pressure after the European Commission ignored calls for RE targets that are binding at national level, instead opting for a 27% Europe-wide goal as part of its post-2020 policy framework.

That framework still has to be approved by European heads of state next month – and is opposed by major governments including France and Germany, as well as by the European Parliament, which has voted for a trio of binding targets for renewables, greenhouse gas reductions and energy efficiency.

The statement from the 91 says: “A new climate and energy framework for 2030 needs to be based on mutually reinforcing tools and targets, including a legally binding target for renewable energy, and urge all policy makers to support a strong and ambitious regulatory framework for the years to come.”

Recharge editor-in-chief Ben Backwell will be in Brussels for the event tomorrow morning. Look out for updates online, and via Twitter @rechargenews and @benrecharge