04 May 2011 12:05:18
EU climate commission calls for 2030 renewables target
European Union (EU) climate change commissioner Connie Hedegaard is calling on renewable energy targets to be extended to 2030.
Currently, the EU is aiming to generate 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, which is higher than the UK target of 15 percent.
However, Ms Hedegaard claims more needs to be done to help the renewable energy industry compete with the gas sector.
In an interview with the Guardian, the climate chief said the EU should be looking beyond its current targets to 2030.
"We need to have ambitious targets. It would be one way to send a long-term price signal for renewable energy – that renewable energy is not just going to stop growing after 2020," Ms Hedegaard said.
However, she stopped short of naming a specific target.
Ms Hedegaard has also previously said the EU should consider increasing its carbon reduction target from 20 percent by 2020 to 30 percent. The suggestion was backed by the UK secretary of state for energy and climate change Chris Huhne.