Only targets can ensure success of a 2030 climate and energy framework



Posted on 27 March 2013  | 
A recent WWF’s report entitled “Putting the EU on track for 100% renewable energy” shows that by 2030, the EU could use at least 38% less energy compared to a business as usual projection and generate more than 40% of its energy from renewable sources.
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Brussels, Belgium: Ahead of today’s publication of a European Commission Green Paper on a 2030 framework for climate and energy policies, WWF calls for a level of ambition that will protect the planet, based on lessons learnt from past successes and failures.

The Commission’s commitment to extending the current legislative framework beyond 2020 is an important and necessary step. However, the Green Paper notes carbon reduction levels that would only achieve 80%, instead of the 95% emissions reductions needed by 2050. In addition, the anticipated 30% share of renewable energy by 2030 underestimates the real potential of clean energy in the EU [1]. Most concerningly, the failure to deliver energy savings, because of a non-binding 2020 target, is not adequately addressed.

Jason Anderson, Head of Climate and Energy at WWF European Policy Office, said:

“The history of EU policy is littered with the corpses of voluntary targets that died of neglect. Post-2020 climate and energy policy that includes binding renewable energy and energy savings targets will be more effective and less expensive than an approach based on greenhouse gas targets alone, supported by the EU ETS.”

The Green Paper is expected to consider the changing context since 2008: the economic crisis, restricted investment, energy affordability, technology development and international commitments.

“Remarkably, this paper overlooks what we’ve learned about the reason these policies exist: the ever-increasing evidence of the rapidity of climate change”, says Anderson. "Unless we avert dangerous global warming, all other goals – economic, social, and environmental – will fail. Competitiveness, social welfare and climate protection are not tradeoffs: not only can we deliver them all, we must.”


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1. A recent WWF’s report entitled “Putting the EU on track for 100% renewable energy” shows that by 2030, the EU could use at least 38% less energy compared to a business as usual projection and generate more than 40% of its energy from renewable sources. The post-2020 climate and energy policies needed to deliver this vision would help the EU to reduce its €573bn external fossil fuel bill and cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half. The Green paper published today is clearly not going in this direction.

Further information:

Jason Anderson
Head of Climate & Energy
WWF European Policy Office
janderson@wwf.eu
Phone:+32 2 740 09 35
Mobile:+32 4 74 837 603

Audrey Gueudet
Communication and Media Officer
WWF European Policy Office
agueudet@wwf.eu
Phone: +32 2 743 88 06 |
Mobile: + 32 4 94 03 20 27
A recent WWF’s report entitled “Putting the EU on track for 100% renewable energy” shows that by 2030, the EU could use at least 38% less energy compared to a business as usual projection and generate more than 40% of its energy from renewable sources.
© Istockphoto / 1Expert Enlarge

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