European Parliament calls for three binding climate and energy targets for 2030

Posted on 05 February 2014    
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Today, the European Parliament supported legally binding national targets on greenhouse gas cuts, renewable energy and energy efficiency.  In doing so, MEPs sent a clear signal on the inadequacy of the Commission’s recent proposals, which overlook an efficiency target, and reduce the renewable energy target to one that is only binding at EU-wide level.

Reacting to today’s vote, Jason Anderson, Head of Climate and Energy - WWF European Policy Office said:
 
“Today, MEPs reacted to the Commission’s weak climate and energy proposals with a much-needed reality check. Energy efficiency and renewable energy are integral to achieving a low-carbon future, and can’t be downgraded to afterthoughts.
 
A comprehensive package of binding targets for 2030 will reduce Europe’s dependence on volatile energy imports, create employment in low-carbon sectors, deliver health benefits for EU citizens, and help to ensure the avoidance of dangerous climate change.”
 
 
ENDS
 
Note to the editors:
 
1. WWF is calling for EU targets on greenhouse gas cuts (at least 55%), renewable energy generation (at least 45%), and energy savings (at least 40%), which are legally binding and effort shared between Member States. Further details can be found in 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
Phone:+32 2 740 09 35
Mobile:+32 4 74 837 603
 
Audrey Gueudet
Climate & Energy Media and Communication Officer
WWF European Policy Officer
Phone: +32 2 743 88 06 
Mobile: + 32 494 03 20 27

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