22 Jan The European Parliament is strongly increasing sustainable energy targets
The European Parliament voted on Wednesday to strengthen the EU’s sustainable energy objectives. The parliament states that sustainable energy must have a 35 percent share in the energy mix by 2030. With this the target has been substantially increased; in 2016 it still voted for a share of 27 percent.
Energy efficiency in the European Union must also increase by 35 percent, the European Parliament decided. In the transport sector, the share of renewable energy (and fuel) must cover 12 percent of the total by 2030. That is why parliament wants 90 percent of all filling stations in the European Union to have charging infrastructure for electric transport by 2030.
Jose Blanco Lopez, the European Parliament’s renewable energy rapporteur, says of the raised objectives: “The European Commission was initially too timid in its objectives. If Europe wants to comply with the Paris Climate Agreement and wants to take a leading role in the global energy transition, then we need to do more. These new goals reflect that intention.”
To achieve these objectives for the entire European Union, Member States are asked to draw up their own national objectives, which are then monitored. These national plans must be submitted before 1 January 2019.
Members of the European Parliament are now discussing with EU ministers to make the new objectives binding. The European Parliament reports this in a press release.
Joël Meggelaars, head of advocacy & messaging at WindEurope, is pleased with the decision: “The increased target of 35 percent is economically a smart choice. Wind energy is a key component of the European manufacturing industry and exports. The industry guarantees 263,000 jobs and contributes € 36 billion to the gross domestic product of the European Union. A 27 percent target for renewable energy would put this sector at risk. The difference between 27 and 35 percent is equivalent to € 92 billion in investments and 136,000 jobs.”
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