Critical climate and energy decisions look set to lose out as political leaders squabble over new appointments



Posted on 26 June 2014  | 
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Who?

European Council - EU Heads of State or Government chaired by Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council

When?

Friday 27 June 2014 in Brussels

What?

Tomorrow, EU Heads of State and Government will meet in Brussels to debate on two burning issues: the EU’s energy dependence on Russia and an EU climate and energy framework for 2030 to be agreed in October.

WWF fears that the discussion on who becomes the next president of the European Commission will overshadow these key debates on the future of EU climate and energy policies.

For WWF, it is crucial that the EU Heads of State and Government make substantial progress towards agreeing new climate and energy targets, well beyond the 40 percent greenhouse gas target the Commission has outlined for 2030.

An ambitious climate and energy package, including strong energy efficiency and renewable energy targets, will not only support Europe’s competitiveness and global climate action but are also key to ensuring the EU’s energy independence in the medium to long term.

Quote

Tony Long, Director of WWF European Policy Office said:


“While the political manoeuvrings around the choice of the next Commission President grab the headlines, the fact remains that this a complete diversion from the far more pressing climate and energy decisions that are now on the table and which matter far more to European citizens.

If EU leaders are serious about ensuring EU’s energy independence in the medium to long term, they must endorse a 2030 ambitious climate and energy package including strong energy efficiency and renewable energy targets.

Using more lignite and diverting clean investment to unconventional fossil fuels will not promote energy security – rather, it will contribute to climate insecurity and make a meaningful energy transition even harder to achieve.”


ENDS

Note to the editors:

1. WWF’s response to the European Commission Green Paper on a 2030 Framework for Climate and Energy Policies - http://www.wwf.eu/what_we_do/climate/publications_climate/?209335/WWF-position-on-2030-EU-Climate-and-Energy-policy


Contact:

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
Climate & Energy Media and Communication Officer
WWF European Policy Officer
agueudet@wwf.eu
Phone: +32 2 743 88 06 |
Mobile: + 32 494 03 20 27
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