National energy and climate plans will not meet targets, EU warns

(EurActiv, 18 Jun 2019) UPDATE: The European Commission warned EU countries today (18 June) that draft national plans for the coming decade are insufficient to achieve the bloc’s 2030 energy and climate targets. “Substantial” gaps have been identified on renewables and energy efficiency.

Implementing the EU’s new energy and climate laws up to 2030 means taking stock of how member states intend to help meet the bloc’s joint commitments, now that country-specific targets have been ditched. 

But the European Commission’s appraisal, published today (18 June), reveals that national efforts currently come up short.

“Member states have all produced impressive drafts in a relatively short time,” said Maroš Šefčovič, the Commission’s Vice-President for the Energy Union.

“But no draft is perfect,” he said in a statement. “Final plans are due by the end of the year and our recommendations show where more effort is needed,” he added, calling for “stronger ambition, more policy detail, better specified investment needs, or more work on social fairness.”

Falling short on renewables and energy efficiency 

According to the EU executive, renewable energy deployment could fall short by 1.6 percentage points against a 32% target for 2030. And energy efficiency measures risk leaving a gap of 6.2 percentage points versus a 32.5% benchmark.

On the bright side, the Commission estimates that the National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) are indeed enough to achieve an overall greenhouse gas reduction of 40% compared to 1990 levels, the EU’s official target.

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EurActiv, 18 Jun 2019: National energy and climate plans will not meet targets, EU warns