COMMENT: Christian Kjær in Brussels

When José Manuel Barroso in October closes the door for the last time as President, he takes with him a 15-year old ambition of the European Commission to have a EU renewable energy policy framework, having tabled a binding renewable energy target for 2030 in Brussels today.

This Commission’s last will on energy and climate was released today in the form of a 2030 package of climate and energy policies. It proposes a 40% reduction in domestic greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 and a target of “at least 27%" renewable energy which would be “binding on the EU” but “not be binding on the Member States individually.”

A third target for energy efficiency was dead long before the real discussions inside the Commission began and will be addressed during this summer’s planned review of the Energy Efficiency Directive.

It is evident from today’s package that the Commission wants Log in to read complete article.

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