European directive: 45% renewable energy sources by 2030
The EU’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee agrees to increase the overall share of renewables in European energy production. By 2030, 45% of energy demand must come from renewable sources. In addition, energy consumption must be reduced by 40%. This aims to contribute to greater climate neutrality and greater security of supply in the EU as part of the European Green Deal.
The Socialist Group reaches an agreement with the political groups of the European Parliament in the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy on renewable energies Directive. The agreement provides for an increase in the overall share of renewables in EU energy production. By 2030, 45% of energy needs will come from renewable sources, not 40% as previously predicted.
Nicolás González Casares, negotiator for the S&D group, says the focus should be on promoting only sustainable types of energy. This includes promoting green hydrogen in addition to bio, solar and wind energy.
Energy efficiency agreement: 40% less energy consumption
The Committee on Industry, Research and Energy not only endorsed the increased use of renewable energies, but also spoke out in favor of increased energy efficiency. In a legislative proposal, the Socialist Group calls for a 40% reduction in energy consumption compared to 2007, which would oblige each EU Member State to reduce its own energy consumption by 2% per year by by 2030. The proposal aims to protect low-income households from excessive burden when switching to renewable energy.
“REDUCING ENERGY CONSUMPTION IS GOOD FOR BOTH YOUR POCKET AND THE PLANET. THIS IS WHY WE NEED BINDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY TARGETS AT NATIONAL LEVEL,” SAYS NIELS FUGLSANG (S&D).
Green Deal: the European Union will become climate neutral by 2050
With the Green Deal, the 27 EU Member States have pledged to become climate neutral by 2050. To achieve this, we must in particular reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, greenhouse gas emissions amounted to 3.7 billion tonnes of CO2, 24% less than in 1990.
The EU countries of Central and Eastern Europe, in particular, have achieved considerable reductions over the past three decades. However, much of this is not due to the use of renewable energy or energy-saving measures, but to the major industrial downsizing of the 1990s.
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