MEPs voted on Tuesday (28 November) in favour of increasing efficiency and renewable energy targets, in a decisive morning for EU energy and climate policy that provoked both jubilation and disappointment.
All eyes were on the European Parliament’s industry and energy committee (ITRE) for two votes on crucial directives that form part of the European Commission’s Clean Energy for All Europeans package of legislation, tabled a year ago.
At the conclusion of a nail-biting session, MEPs finally supported a 40% efficiency goal and national targets for 2030 by only one vote (33 votes in favour and 32 against). Both targets will be legally binding.
The vote on the energy efficiency directive followed a rollercoaster campaign, which saw lead rapporteur Adam Gierek accused of straying from the line of his own political group, the Socialists and Democrats (S&D).
At the end of the day, the industry committee vote mirrored previous resolutions issued by the Parliament, as well as the environment committee’s non-binding opinion, adopted in September.
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