50% of electricity in Europe from renewables by 2030
Europe will likely get more than half of its electricity from renewable sources by the end of the next decade if EU countries meet their climate pledges, according to a draft commission paper.
The EU has set itself a goal of cutting emissions 40% on 1990 levels by 2030, and an aspiration for a 27% share for renewables across Europe’s full energy mix, which includes sectors such as transport, agriculture and buildings that do not necessarily rely on electricity. Around a quarter of Europe's electricity currently comes from renewable sources.
Renewable energy to grow from current levels of providing around a quarter of Europe’s energy to supplying half
Oliver Joy, a spokesman for the European Wind Energy Association welcomed the draft text but noted the 27% goal for 2030 was non-binding, and some countries were looking likely to even miss an earlier goal, for 2020, that is binding.
“Even with a binding provision, we are seeing the Netherlands, UK and France potentially missing their 2020 target to source a fifth of energy provision from renewables.”
Joy called for the commission to deliver a governance system for renewables that prevented slacker states from hiding behind the more fast-moving ones.