EU ‘needs new controls to meet green target’

The European Commission needs new powers to ensure Member States meet the EU’s 2030 renewable targets. That’s according the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) which states the Commission should have […]

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The European Commission needs new powers to ensure Member States meet the EU’s 2030 renewable targets.

That’s according the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) which states the Commission should have renewable energy benchmarks by December 2015.

These should provide an indication for Member States on what their targets are and should be distributed fairly among the countries.

The EU has set a goal of generating 27% of renewable energy by 2030.

Kristian Ruby, Chief Policy Officer at EWEA, said: “In the absence of a nationally binding commitment for 2030, it is important the Commission puts its foot down if Member States fail to deliver on the 27% target.

“We must not have a situation where some countries take a back seat in the hope other more ambitious Member States pick up the slack.

“It is essential the role of the Commission is reinforced after 2020 to safeguard investor confidence and the regulatory stability needed to take Europe’s renewables rollout through the next phase.”

Member States must set their individual commitments by no later than December 2017.