Commission consultation on post-2030 energy targets reveals unease in the Member States
In response to a European Commission Green Paper consultation on post 2030 energy targets many European governments have expressed unease about the effects of low-carbon policies on economic competiveness, and about the impact of renewables’ variability and subsidies on energy markets. As a result many are pushing for less prescriptive EU climate and energy rules after 2020, with a number of them opposed to further green energy and efficiency goals.The UK, Finland and Czech Republic would like to see only one target, for decarbonisation, while Romania believes member states should be allowed to set their own renewables targets, with energy efficiency goals remaining aspirational. Other countries including Poland, Estonia and Cyprus want member states to take back greater control over their energy mixes. Overall fourteen governments responded to an EU consultation on the 2030 climate and energy package. Denmark, France and Lithuania are backing the continuation of the current system of three EU-wide targets. Denmark wants all targets to be binding, with carbon reduction set at 40% and renewables at 30%.Although the debate on the future 2030 package is still at an early stage, the European Commission is expected to bring forward a formal proposal in December for consideration by Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. Meanwhile, energy saving targets should only be considered or established after a planned 2014 review of the energy efficiency directive, according to a number of governments.