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19 Jun 2018

EU’s 2030 energy targets insufficient to meet Paris goals – foundation

EURACTIV

The EU needs much higher 2030 renewable energy and energy efficiency targets than are currently on the table, Radostina Primova and Rebecca Bertram from Green political foundation Heinrich Böll-Stiftung said in an interview with EURACTIV. In negotiations over the bloc’s 2030 climate and energy goals, the EU agreed to an overall, binding renewables target of 32 percent – less than the 45 percent target Primova and Bertram say are needed to meet its commitment under the Paris Agreement. The 2030 energy efficiency target has not yet been determined, but the goal should be at least 40 percent, they add. They contend that the bloc could achieve a 100-percent renewable energy system by 2050, by making use of currently available storage and demand response technologies.

Read the interview in English here.

For background, read the article Clear steps must underpin EU renewables goal – German energy minister.

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