European Heads of State and Government committed to reduce greenhouse gases in Europe by up to 30% by 2020 and have 20% energy from renewable sources by the same deadline. The achievement of such goals requires immediate action.
According to WWF, the spotlight is on two elements.
• efficient use of energy and promotion of energy conservation
• development of renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar and bioenergy, the latter being accompanied by a sustainability certification system.
Benefits for all
Ambitious measures in the energy sector will bring a range of economic benefits that will make Europe a safer place to live and do business. These include:
• better security of supply and less dependency on foreign fossil fuels
• market stability because of reduced risk of energy shortages and price peaks
• energy and financial savings across all sectors (up to 100 billion euros annually by 2020 from the energy savings target alone)
• reduction of health impacts and costs to society caused by pollution from fossil fuels
• net increase in jobs in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy.
WWF does not consider nuclear power as a solution for climate change. Not only nuclear waste power stations detract huge investments from other energy sources, but they also carry immense environmental risks. So far there is no safe storage of waste in the world. Furthermore, nuclear power does nothing to contribute to peace, security and stability.
Energy and climate issues in the EU foreign policy
Energy and climate policy concerns are considered as a key element for the emerging EU foreign policy agenda.
WWF works to ensure that appropriate energy and climate provisions are included in the European Neighbourhood Policy, the EU’s Development Policy, and EU bilateral relations with key countries such as China, India, Russia and Brazil.