Europe: Energy transition goals lack ambition – study

Energy transition in Europe is proceeding too slowly and Brussels is lacking ambition to fulfil the requirements of the Paris Agreement – those are the conclusions of the recently published “Energy Atlas” of the German Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, reports.

The Clean Energy Package, which will determine the future of Europe’s energy supply from 2020 onward, is not yet approved in the trilogue negotiations of the EU institutions. However, experts already fear that the result will not go far enough.

The new “Energy Atlas” by the German Heinrich-Böll-Foundation [affiliated with the German Green Party] is, therefore, looking for alternative solutions so that the green energy transition could still succeed in the end.

“Many countries have simply not heard the warning shots. They will not achieve their climate goals,” said Dörte Fouquet of the European Renewable Energies Federation, one of the authors of the study.

The Commissions’ Clean Energy Package identifies two key issues: a binding EU target for renewable energy use of at least 27% and energy efficiency improvement of 30% by 2030. “These goals are not ambitious enough, you cannot not reach them”, says Fouquet.

In fact, the Parliament seems to agree with this position. It has taken up the cause in January to strike out at 35% respectively in the negotiations with the Council. The Council, however, jack-knifes and also wants to weaken the liabilities of the countries in the contract.

In any case, from 2020 onward they would no longer be set individually but be defined as a voluntary “total effort” by the member states in order to achieve the climate goals of the upcoming decade.

Given the lack of ambition in Brussels seen by Fouquet, she, like many other experts, sees the greatest potential for a successful energy transition in the hands of the European communities.

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