Europe’s leaders are being urged to set effective renewable energy targets for 2030 when the European Council meets this week.
The Renewable Energy Association (REA) believes that, with appropriate policies, almost all renewable technologies – across heating, power and transport – could by then be providing low-carbon energy without subsidy.
The association says that specific renewable energy targets for member states would provide assurance for would-be investors of opportunities in renewable technologies.
The European Commission’s proposal for an EU-wide renewable energy target of at least 27% is seen by the REA as a weaker market signal than the 20% renewables target in the 2020 framework because “the figure is not ambitious and the target is not binding on individual member states”.
A trio of targets for greenhouse gas savings, energy efficiency and renewable energy, each of at least 40%, is being sought by the REA, all legally binding. This would give a UK renewables target of approximately 30%.
REA chief executive Dr Nina Skorupska says: “People working in UK renewables simply do not know whether the Government wants the industry to keep growing or not.
“There have been so many mixed signals this Parliament that it has become almost impossible for our members to plan and invest for their future. 2030 renewables targets for member states will give businesses the certainty they need.”