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EU raises renewable energy goal to 32 percent by 2030

By State of Green, June 15, 2018

The EU Council of Ministers, the EU Parliament and the EU Commission reached agreement on 13 July: 32 percent of the EU's total energy consumption must come from renewable sources by 2030.

Following a tough round of negotiations lasting the whole night, the EU Council of Ministers, the EU Parliament and the EU Commission came to agreement late Wednesday evening regarding the EU directive for renewable energy, writes EnergyWatch.

On the other hand, the parties were not able to agree upon the degree of energy optimization to be implemented in upcoming years.

The newly declared renewable energy goal landed at 32 percent of the EU’s total energy consumption in 2030. The EU Parliament began by proposing 35 percent, while the Council of Ministers had agreed upon 27 percent.

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The Council of Ministers raised the goal in the interim period to 30 percent at an informal meeting among EU energy ministers held in Sofia, Bulgaria, and the ministers met again on Monday this week. Negotiators from the Bulgarian EU Presidency requested an indication of how high the respective member states would be willing to raise the renewable energy target.

In the meantime, both Spain and Italy have elected new governments, both of which had far more ambitious climate goals than their predecessors. That made it possible for the Council of Minsters to raise its aspirations.

-We will have to read the agreement closely, but it is positive that the EU has set a direction for expanding renewable energy. When we began in 2014, there were several countries that did not want a European goal for renewable energy. Seen in that context, the agreement from last night is a great victory, wrote Danish Energy Deputy Director General Anders Stouge in an emailed response to EnergyWatch.

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The other part of the winter package, as the collective energy regulation is informally called, was not settled. The EU Parliament had set its energy optimization goal at 35 percent, while the Council of Ministers had agreed to 30 percent.

A conservative German member of the EU Parliament, Markus Pieper (CDU), criticized on Twitter the parliament’s negotiator, Czech MEP Miroslav Poche (Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats). If Pieper’s portrayal is to be believed, the negotiating parties were in relative agreement.

-In the end, it was one small percentage keeping us from deal. Time & money wasted on trivialities, implementation of important legislation further delayed, Pieper wrote.

Source: EnergyWatch

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