European Parliament committees support three binding climate and energy targets



Posted on 09 January 2014  | 

Today, the European Parliament’s Environment and ITRE committees supported binding targets on greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energy and energy efficiency, in a vote on the own initiative report on a framework up to 2030 . Most noteworthy is the call for an obligatory reduction of energy use by 40%.

WWF welcomes the MEPs’ recommendation of multiple targets ahead of the publication of the White paper on the 2030 climate and energy package on 22 January, but notes the vital importance of achieving greater than 40% greenhouse gas reductions, with more than 30% renewable energy, the levels the committees recommended.

Reacting to today’s vote, Jason Anderson, Head of Climate and Energy - WWF European Policy Office said:

“The European Parliament’s vote reflects the evidence that the benefits of cutting CO2 from the EU's energy system are best unlocked by binding targets. Without binding targets there can be no confidence from investors.

Now it is up to the European Commission and the EU Member States to set the right level of ambition that is needed to decarbonise Europe and fight climate change.”

While it is important for individual member states to choose what kind of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies they need, and how they want to deliver them, WWF argues, it is vital to agree common targets in order to ensure coherence and boost economies of scale.

ENDS


Notes to editors:

1. WWF position on 2030 EU Climate and Energy policy: http://www.wwf.eu/what_we_do/climate/climate_energy_publications.cfm?209335/WWF-position-on-2030-EU-Climate-and-Energy-policy


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
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