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14 Jun 2018

EU strikes deal on 32 percent renewables target after all-night session


Talks on renewable energy policy in Europe have achieved an unexpected breakthrough, as negotiators from the European Parliament and the EU member states were able to reach a compromise, report Dave Keating and Frédéric Simon for EURACTIV. The deal includes a legally binding EU-wide renewable energy target of 32 percent by 2030, with “an upward review clause by 2023 at the latest,” according to Claude Turmes, a Luxembourg MEP, who represented the Greens’ political group in the European Parliament’s team. 
German economy minister Peter Altmaier rejected calls to increase the target to a 33-35 percent share by 2030 at the energy ministers’ meeting in Luxemburg, on 11 June. Addressing an event in Berlin on 13 June, he explained that increasing the target without a clear idea of how to achieve it would undermine the government’s political credibility.

Find the EURACTIV report in English here.

For Altmaier’s comments, read the article Clear steps must underpin EU renewables goal - German energy minister.

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