Renewable energy “unlikely” to meet 2020 target

The UK’s renewable energy sector will not meet its 2020 targets it has been claimed. All member states of the EU have an obligation to increase their proportion of energy […]

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By Taryn Nixon

The UK’s renewable energy sector will not meet its 2020 targets it has been claimed.

All member states of the EU have an obligation to increase their proportion of energy consumption from renewables to 20% by 2020.

But it’s not only the UK, around fourteen EU member states are thought to be at risk of not meeting their deadlines.

Speaking at a briefing on the latest energy targets for the UK and the EU, Jana Nysten, Legal Advisor for the European Renewable Energies Foundation said: “If member states don’t step up their game and do business as usual, then we’re not getting where we need to get.”

There is a big question mark surrounding the consequences if member states do not meet these targets, she added.

“Infringement procedures can only be initiated once the targets aren’t met after 2020.”

MP and Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee, Tim Yeo said: “A more radical approach on incentives for (green) electricity is needed.”