MEPs give clear signal for greater climate ambition



Posted on 24 January 2013  | 

Brussels, Belgium: This morning, the European Parliament’s Industry, Research and Energy Committee adopted its own initiative report on the European Commission's Energy Roadmap 2050 (1).

Commenting on the outcomes of today’s vote, Jason Anderson, Head of the WWF European Policy Office Climate and Energy Unit said:

“Today's committee vote gives a clear signal for greater climate ambition in the EU's long-term energy plans. MEPs from all Groups called on the Commission to develop a new energy sector decarbonisation scenario that maximises the benefits of both renewable energy and energy efficiency.”

“WWF's recently published analysis (2) of Commission proposals to cut energy sector emissions makes clear that maximising energy efficiency and renewable energy would reduce risks while increasing the rewards of decarbonising Europe's energy system.”

The European Parliament’s plenary vote is scheduled for 11 March 2013.

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Note to the editors:

1.The European Commission’s Communication "Energy Roadmap 2050", adopted in 2011, explores the challenges posed by delivering the EU's decarbonisation objective while at the same time ensuring security of energy supply and competitiveness.

2. WWF report: “Cutting energy related emissions the right way” (December 2012): http://awsassets.panda.org/downloads/cutting_energy_related_emissions_the_right_way_.pdf

Based on research by CE Delft, this report 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.


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 86 030 152
WWF's recently published analysis (2) of Commission proposals to cut energy sector emissions makes clear that maximising energy efficiency and renewable energy would reduce risks while increasing the rewards of decarbonising Europe's energy system.
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