Major European nations call for 2030 renewable energy target

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Ministers from eight European nations have written a joint letter calling on the EU to introduce a renewable energy target for 2030.

They are representing Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, and Portugal. 

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In a letter, seen by Reuters, the ministers wrote to EU climate change commissioner Connie Hedegaard and energy commissioner Guenther Oettinger to say that the introduction of a target would cut fossil fuel use and boost jobs and economic growth.

They wrote: “A target for renewable energy is crucial to provide certainty that can ensure cost-effective investments in energy systems that will strengthen the internal market for energy.”

Reuters reported that the EU is considering a 40 per cent emissions reduction target and a 30 per cent renewables goal.

On 22 January, the European Commission is expected to launch a two-year legislative process on 2030 targets.

However, this will be opposed by the UK, which favours a single greenhouse gas emissions target for 2030.