The EU’s 2030 package will hopefully be ready for adoption just before the deadline for a new UN agreement on climate change, energy commissioner Günther Oettinger states.
EU climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard and Mr. Oettinger together presented a consultation document for 2030 targeting climate and energy policy. Energy efficiency, carbon reduction and renewable energy are regularly the first-choice areas for setting new targets, whether they will be binding, as Mr. Oettinger would like them to be, or not. A 40 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions, as part of the low-carbon roadmap, had already been put forward by the European Commission, and other scenarios point to a minimum share of 30 per cent for renewables by 2030. But the strength of the post-2020 targets will be determined after the consultation period on 2 July.
Source: ENDS Europe Daily, 27 March 2013