EU to miss 2050 GHG goals – EWEA

The EU is on course to miss its 2050 emissions targets unless it puts a new policy framework in place to drive reductions post-2020, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) has warned.

EWEA said the European Commission’s own latest data shows the mid-century goal of 80%-95% emissions reductions won’t be met under current policies.

The Commisison’s latest reference scenario shows greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions falling by 24% in 2020 but only by 44% in 2050, benchmarked on 1990 levels. Dependency on energy imports would also rise.

The wind body said the outlook underlines the need for “an ambitious 2030 climate and energy framework, with targets for renewable energy and GHG reductions.

“Without such targets energy security and a zero-carbon power sector will be impossible," said Justin Wilkes, EWEA's deputy CEO.

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