Ecofys: EU-Wide Renewable Energy Target Necessary Part of 2030 Portfolio
In 2020, some leading EU energy and climate policies will expire. At present, the EU and its Member States are discussing the design of a post-2020 policy portfolio. In a discussion paper commissioned by the European Copper Institute, Ecofys shows that an EU-wide renewable energy target is a necessary part of a 2030 portfolio.
The paper analyses, in detail, two realistic policy portfolio options for renewable energy, target-setting in particular: one ‘decarbonisation-only’ EU target with voluntary national targets for renewable energy, and one that includes an EU-wide renewable energy target, broken down into binding national targets.
The analysis shows that the latter option, when supported by appropriate and improved EU and Member States’ policies and measures, is most suitable in facilitating a European low-carbon economy.
Press release, April 18, 2013; Image: Greenpeace