EU GHG Deal Calls for 27 Percent Renewables by 2030
by Erin Voegele (Biomass Magazine) On Oct. 24, the European Council issued a statement announcing it has agreed on the 2030 climate and energy policy framework for the European Union. The council has endorsed a binding EU target of at least 40 percent domestic reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 compared to 1990. The framework also sets a target for renewable energy, calling for at least 27 percent for the share of renewable energy consumed in the EU in 2030. A 27 percent target is also set for energy efficiency.
The U.K. Renewable Energy Association issued a statement noting its disappointment that the pan-EU renewable energy target of 27 percent will provide a weaker incentive for renewables than the current Member State level 2020 targets.
The European Biogas Association also criticized the renewables target. “The 27 percent target is not sufficient enough to deploy potential of renewables, but this is not the biggest headache,” said EBA President Jan Stambasky “What worries us more is the fact that the target is not binding on the Members States level. This can lead to a situation where only certain Member States with national ambitions to realise energy transition invest into new technologies and capacities, while the rest of Europe will lag behind, feeling no obligation to contribute to the EU target.”
Stambasky continued, “The EU leaders seek the ways to reduce dependency on Russian gas, but they still don’t see potential from the local resources like biogas. Now the main task of the industry is to fight for a single European market to trade green gas over borders and to prove its value and potential.” READ MORE