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10 Dec 2008 05:12:54

EU sticks to 20% renewables target

EU sticks to 20% renewables target
European governments have agreed to generate 20 per cent of the union's energy from renewables by 2020.

Member states and the European Parliament agreed yesterday on the measure, which was first proposed in the Renewable Energy Directive of January 2008.

Despite opposition from some member states, such as Poland, which depends heavily on coal, and others which claim it could hinder their industrial development, the renewable agreement was reached.

The overall 20 per cent target has been divided into binding targets for member states, which are expected to have moved 30 per cent towards their target by 2015-2016.

Each state will be expected to hand in National Renewable Action Plans by 30th of June.

The European Wind Energy Association chief executive, Christian Kjaer, praised the decision, saying: "Today tomorrow changed. The European Parliament and the Council have agreed the world's most important energy law."

He added: "Europe has turned away from transferring ever larger amounts of European citizens' wealth to a handful of fuel-exporting nations, opting instead to put the money to work at home and exploit our abundant domestic renewable energy resources."

However, there have been critics of the politicians who have not yet committed to cutting carbon emissions in line with earlier proposals of 20 per cent by 2020.

They have also angered some by sticking to the requirement for ten per cent of road transport fuel to be from renewable sources, including biofuels and renewable electricity.

EU leaders are to complete the climate change package in Brussels on Thursday (December 11th) and Friday.



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