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Pressure mounts for renewable energy targets

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has welcomed a call by MEPs for binding renewable energy targets for 2030.

The European Parliament has backed the Commission’s draft Energy Efficiency Directive, which aims to get the EU on track to meet its target to improve energy efficiency by 20% by 2020.

But MEPs’ resolution on the directve notes a need to “decarbonise” power generation and says binding renewable energy targets should be proposed for 2030.

The REA called on the Government to back the MEPs’ aspiration even though a recent Defra submission to the commission, UK Comments on 2050 Energy Roadmap, said “any targets set should be neutral with respect to different low carbon technologies”.

REA chief executive Gaynor Hartnell said: “Arguing for a technology-neutral target suggests that the Government is only thinking about carbon. This blinkered approach ignores the risks of locking the UK into a future where we forever import our energy.

“It’s also crazy from a balance of payments point of view. Finite fossil fuels will only get more expensive, and carbon capture and storage and nuclear are not long-term solutions. Both need fuel and places to store waste.”

The REA says there is a growing recognition that renewables have a key role to play in developing a low-cost, low-carbon and low-waste energy system.

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