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”.
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.
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.
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.