EU 2030 renewables goal 'faces north-south split'

The UK would ultimately sign onto a binding EU 2030 renewables target, predicts a senior Scottish energy official – but the goal will be blocked by southern and central European countries.

“I think if you asked countries around the North Sea to agree [a 2030 target]… they probably would in the end,” says Colin Imrie, head of the Scottish government’s energy and international low-carbon division.

“But the situation is different in southern Europe, where there’s austerity, and in central Europe, where they have a different perspective again, and are particularly keen to develop shale gas.”

The prediction comes in spite of recent reports suggesting the UK government is opposed to a post-2020 EU renewables target, and is lobbying the European Commission to adopt Log in to read complete article.

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