Energy targets 2030

Whilst there is general agreement between the Member States on the need for an EU wide CO2 emissions target for 2030, there is disagreement on renewable energy and energy efficiency targets. That was the message from EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger following the Informal Energy Council that met in Vilnius.  But a recent unofficial Commission briefing sent to the Members States shows that consensus on everything except the 40% CO2 reduction goal is a way off.

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.