Dave Elliott: The European Union is in the midst of resetting its longer-term targets for renewables, given the expectation that it will more or less meet its overall target of getting 20% of its total primary energy from renewable by 2020, with 11 countries already achieving or even exceeding the national targets set by the EU. For example, by 2016, Sweden had got to around 54%, 5% over its target, although some others have been doing less well: by 2016 the UK had only got to around 9%, against the actually quite low 15% national renewable energy target that had been agreed with the EU: But most of the laggards may just about reach their national targets by 2020 or soon after, hopefully even the UK. For the next stage, the European Commission initially proposed a somewhat unambitious overall EU target of 27% of primary energy by 2030, with individual national targets to be left to each country to decide. A bit cynically, you might say that, with the UK out of the EU by then, the EU overall should then be able to do better than 27%! Certainly the European Parliament has called for the overall EU 2030 target to be raised to 35%, with, in addition, EU energy consumption to be cut by 40%, against the ECs recommended 30%. They also wanted at least 12% of the energy consumed in the transport sector to come from renewables. We await an EC ruling.
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