The heads of some of Europe’s top power utilities believe Brussels is showing a lack of ambition in developing renewable energy.
Chiefs from Iberdrola, Enel, EnBW, EDP, Orsted and SSE are among those wanting more aggressive targets for renewables, and have published a declaration in advance of a key conference in Bonn, Germany.
Negotiators have gathered at that meeting to discuss the latest international response in tackling global warming. A proposed target for renewables to meet 27 per cent of EU energy consumption by 2030, up from 16.7 per cent in 2015, “lacks ambition and would slow down the current rate of renewables deployment” in Europe, the companies said.
The utilities collectively call for an EU-wide binding target for 35 per cent renewable energy by 2030. Such a target was needed, the companies said, to “restore the EU’s global leadership” in green energy and to preserve efficiency gains, which had made renewables “the most competitive option for new power generation in Europe”.
The EU is having difficulty in producing a coherent approach from its member states to meeting its carbon reduction commitments under the Paris climate agreement. While western European states are broadly in favour of stronger commitment, central European states don’t share the enthusiasm. Coal-fired power in those regions remains strong and there is also resistance to proposed reforms of the EU emissions trading system.
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