EU 2030 renewable target ‘must be backed up’ say Lords

EU renewable energy targets will not be achieved unless they are backed-up by a monitoring and enforcement mechanism which guarantees the agreement is in progress to be fulfilled. That’s the […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

EU renewable energy targets will not be achieved unless they are backed-up by a monitoring and enforcement mechanism which guarantees the agreement is in progress to be fulfilled.

That’s the suggestion of the The House of Lords EU Committee which stated the mechanism should also ensure Member States live up to their own commitments and share fairly the effort to meet the goals.

The EU set a target to produce 30% of the region’s electricity needs from renewables.

The Committee also calls on the UK Government to do more to report on its own progress on energy and climate goals.

The government should also be clearer about its own long term renewable energy strategy and energy and climate targets to ensure investors are confident to invest in energy for the long term, it added.

Baroness Scott of Needham Market, Chairman of the Committee said: “Energy is of crucial importance to everyone in Europe we all rely on a consistent and affordable supply of energy. Making sure that the lights stay on at home and that businesses are supplied with power is critical. We are also facing a huge climate change challenge.

“The question for the EU is how to meet the twin challenges of reducing our reliance on fossil fuels while also ensuring abundant and affordable energy supply. We think the European Commission’s flagship Energy Union Strategy is broadly on the right lines but now is the time to ensure it is delivered by across Europe and by Member States domestically.”