EU skeptical of 2030 emissions-targets: “failing to plan is planning to fail.”


According the European Commission, several EU member countries will need to reconsider their ambitions for renewable energy in their national energy and climate planning if the 32% renewable energy target is to be met by 2030.

The commission said, as part of its recommendations to member states, and based on scrutiny of each members draft decarbonisation and net-zero planning, current proposals would only realise between 30.4% and 31.9% of renewables in the region by 2030.

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The commission places the blame in the lack of informed policies and measures that will facilitate upscaled renewable energy infrastructure, and in so doing, threaten other key market demands such as energy pricing efficiency, and phasing out of subsidisation of fossil fuels.

The plans lack informed policies and measures to scale up renewables, provide energy savings and phase out fossil fuel subsidies, it added.

Commenting on commission’s findings, WindEurope chief executive Giles Dickson said: “The message from the European Commission is clear: failing to plan is planning to fail.”

Dickson is confident that current draft plans will not see the bloc achieve its 2030 target, and the Commission is severely lacking in supportive policy procedures.

Dickson said: “The commission’s recommendations highlight the areas where countries need to step up their game, such as permitting, electrification, corporate power purchase agreements, and the repowering of existing wind farms.”