European renewable energy industry calls for 2030 target


The European renewable energy industry has written to European Parliament president Martin Schulz, EU energy ministers and the EU energy and climate commissioners to call for a legally binding 2030 renewable energy target.

Organised by the European Energy Council and signed by the UK’s Renewable Energy Association (REA) and 60 other organisations across Europe, the letter notes the success of the 20-20-20 framework in setting a clear direction for the industry and the urgent need for a 2030 framework.


REA chief executive Nina Skorupska said: “The UK remains in the bottom three of the EU renewables league table with only 4 per cent renewables while Sweden tops the table with almost 50 per cent. The UK has only scratched the surface so far in terms of the opportunities for growth, innovation, jobs and exports that renewables can bring to UK plc.

“But Government has learned a lot from working within this 20-20-20 framework, and it makes sense to go for a similar framework for 2030, including a binding renewables target. This will enable Government to build on those lessons, reassure investors, scale up the industry, boost our energy security, reduce our emissions and grow our budding green economy.”