EU targets 32 percent renewables by 2030

In »trialogue« negotiations between the European Council, Parliament and the Commission, the target of a 32 percent share of renewable energies in total energy consumption by 2030 was agreed on Thursday. The agreement also includes a review and a possible further increase in 2023. Furthermore, the EU intends to end the import of palm oil from South-East Asia by 2030. Various simplifications for small renewable energy plants were also agreed, in particular the elimination of fees for the own consumption of electricity from renewable sources. This is regarded as an important decision, especially for the application of PV systems.
Up to now, the target for the share of renewables in EU-wide energy consumption was 27 percent, currently the share is around 17 percent. The European Parliament had spoken out in favour of an increase to 35 percent, while the German Minister of Economics and Energy, Peter Altmaier, in particular, had pleaded for 30 percent; a higher target would be unrealistic. At a meeting of EU energy ministers on Monday, however, several member states had spoken out in favour of a higher target.
This means that a further component of the »Clean Energy for all Europeans« package is considered adopted. According to the Commission, Parliament and the Council are to give their final approval »in the coming months«. The directive can then enter into force and must be transposed into national law by the member states within 18 months.
While the Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Adnan Z. Amin, welcomed the decision as a consolidation of »Europe's position at the forefront of the global energy transformation«, environmental and climate protectionists were disappointed. The Brussels Climate Action Network, for example, declared that »much more ambition« was needed to implement the Paris climate agreement.

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