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Measuring World Leadership in Renewable Energy

Posted on 04 March 2016
A wind farm in Thailand - is the EU falling behind on renewables?
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European Commission President Juncker wants to make the EU the world number one in renewable energy.

Currently, this is far from being the case.

In 2015, investments in renewables in the EU fell to their lowest level since 2006. This is due to damaging changes to support schemes for renewables in a number of Member States. And while some Member States continue to install clean energy capacity, growth in many others has stagnated.

In this report, WWF makes recommendations to put the EU back on track to becoming the global renewable energy superpower.

These include:
- Increasing its 2030 renewable energy target from 27% to over 40%, and put strong measures in place to ensure it reaches that target 
- Developing a comprehensive roadmap for renewables world leadership, including energy efficiency and reduction of fossil fuels 
- Investing 1% of GDP in renewables every year from 2017 and doubles investments in clean energy R&D
A wind farm in Thailand - is the EU falling behind on renewables?
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