Energy and environment ministers from across the EU yesterday said they were committed to ensuring at least 27 per cent of the bloc’s energy comes from renewable sources by 2030, up from a target of 20 per cent by 2020. The target is in line with the original plan set out by the European Commission last year, but falls well short of what campaigners, the European Parliament and big businesses have called for in recent weeks – many want to see a target of at least 35 per cent renewables by 2030. Yesterday’s 15-hour crunch meeting of the EU Energy Council also controversially backed the continued expansion of the biofuels sector by agreeing Member States will need to achieve 14 per cent renewable fuels in transport by 2030. However, the Council stressed electric vehicles should be “strongly encouraged” in every EU nation, with bonuses for renewable electricity used in road and rail transport. Meanwhile, ministers reached a compromise over how to track progress towards the bloc’s decarbonisation target, following fears a lack of binding national targets for renewables use could mean progress in the 2020s proves too slow. Climate Action Network Europe, an NGO, described the decisions as “feeble” and “lax” and warned the adoption of a 27 per cent renewable energy target would hold back the growth of clean energy across the bloc. “EU governments propose to stifle and postpone the bloc’s renewable energy revolution,” said Wendel Trio, director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe. “Their response to the need to shift away from fossil fuels to a fully renewable energy system is hopelessly inadequate and could result in a tragic failure to limit climate change. The EU’s credibility on climate action will be in tatters unless the laws are significantly improved during the negotiations with the European Parliament.”
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Public Participation and Involvement in EU Energy Policy Decision-making – why is it important? Paul Dorfman, UCL Energy Institute, NTW MB member. Recent climate change research suggests that, over the next few decades, there will be unprecedented global change, consequently affecting European human welfare and environmental systems. European Union (EU) policy already seeks to mitigate change through low-carbon, energy reduction and efficiency policies – but adaptation will clearly be necessary. Achieving this transition and adaptation at the pace and scale required will not be straightforward, and public knowledge, views and values about energy futures choices and ‘trade-offs’ will play a critical role, with significant implications for EU energy policy.
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