Euro-MPs back 2030 RE target

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) today backed plans for binding 2030 renewable energy targets as debate over the issue intensified in Brussels.

MEPs on the energy and industry, and environment committees backed by 66 to 50 plans for a trio of targets covering renewables, emissions reduction and energy efficiency.

The European Commission is currently preparing proposals for the EU’s future climate and energy policy.

A group of EU energy ministers – including those from Germany and France – have also this week come out in favour of a specific renewables goal.

But a rival faction including the UK is in favour of an all-encompassing emissions target, with no separate mandates for renewables or efficiency.

After today’s committee decisions the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) said: “This vote is another strong signal to the European Commission of the widespread support for a binding renewable energy target for 2030.

"In its upcoming communication on 22 January, the Commission must propose an ambitious and binding renewable energy target. It cannot deny the findings of its own impact assessment which says a renewable energy target is better for the economy than a greenhouse gas target alone.”

There will be a European Parliament plenary vote on the issue in February.

EU heads of state will have the final say on the Commission’s proposals when they meet in March.