EU Commission urges France to raise renewables target to ‘at least 44%’

(EurActiv, 15 Feb 2024) The EU’s energy commissioner, Kadri Simson, has urged France to raise its renewable energy target to “at least 44%” by 2030, warning it would consider taking “steps” at EU level in case of persistent shortcomings.

Paris has until now refused to put forward a renewables target for 2030, pushing instead for a wider “decarbonised” energy goal, which combines nuclear power and renewables.

With a June deadline looming for EU countries to submit their final National Energy and Climate Plans, the European Commission is becoming increasingly confrontational with the French, insisting that they make their fair contribution to the EU’s renewable energy goals

According to Brussels’ calculations, France needs to achieve at least 44% renewables in its gross final energy consumption by 2030 in order to contribute to the EU target of 42.5% set out in the Renewable Energy Directive, which was updated last year.

“France has to significantly raise its ambition on renewable energy sources to at least 44%,” said Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson, who spoke on Thursday (15 February) to lawmakers in the European Parliament’s committee on industry, research and energy.

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EurActiv, 15 Feb 2024: EU Commission urges France to raise renewables target to ‘at least 44%’