Energy Council backs post-2020 renewables policy but with no clear direction
Brussels, Belgium - Today, Energy ministers are anticipated to call on the European Commission to analyse current EU renewable energy policy and then propose a solid and effective EU post 2020 framework. WWF welcomes this signal.While ministers rightly call for necessary actions to adapt the current energy system to a higher share of renewables, they fail to signal clearly the level of ambition or to ensure the continuation of effective policies towards 2030.
Imke Luebbeke, Senior renewable energy policy officer at WWF European Policy Office said:
“Ambitious renewables policies will lead to economic growth, fewer fossil fuel imports, more innovation and greater competitiveness for Europe. The Commission’s next steps need to go beyond its 2050 energy roadmap, which fails to include lower-risk higher-benefit scenarios that incorporate both high efficiency and renewable energy."
WWF’s report “Cutting energy related emissions the right way” (2) indicates that an EU energy system built on renewable energy and energy savings will be more resilient and more likely to lead to decarbonisation than any of the scenarios modeled by the European Commission in last year’s energy roadmap.
Note to the editors:
1. On Friday a group of European energy companies called for 2030 targets, indicating the breadth of support for such a measure: http://hosted-p0.vresp.com/782453/3c88bbd537/ARCHIVE
2. The WWF report “Cutting energy related emissions the right way”, based on research by CE Delft, assesses the five decarbonisation scenarios presented in the European Commission’s Energy Roadmap 2050. It shows that the Energy Roadmap only considers a relatively narrow range of decarbonisation options, all with roughly similar levels of renewable energy by 2030, and a significant residual fossil fuel liability through to 2050. WWF’s report also demonstrates that the European Union could reap greater rewards from more ambitious options, such as 95% emissions reductions combining high renewable energy generation and high energy savings.