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