LEAK: EU’s draft renewables law confirms 38-40% target for 2030

(EurActiv, 4 May 2021) An early draft of the EU’s upcoming renewable energy directive confirms the bloc’s objective of sourcing 38-40% of its energy from renewables by 2030, roughly doubling the share of solar, wind and other renewables in Europe’s energy mix by the end of the decade.

he European Commission’s revised renewable energy directive will be presented on 14 July as part of a broader package of laws intended to meet the bloc’s updated climate goals for 2030.

Only two weeks ago, policymakers agreed on a new European Climate Law which, for the first time, makes the bloc’s 2050 climate neutrality objective a legal obligation on the EU.

The new law also sets an objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels, although that goal will also take into account carbon removals from forestry and land use, making the gross target look more like a 52 or 53% reduction.

“Renewable energy plays a fundamental role for delivering the European Green Deal and for achieving climate neutrality by 2050,” says a draft cost-benefit analysis of the proposal, published on the website of the Renewable Heating & Cooling Alliance, an industry group.

“The energy sector contributes over 75% of total GHG emissions in the EU and energy efficiency and renewables are therefore central to achieving the higher climate ambition for 2030,” the document states.

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