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Renewable energy

If we are to prevent dangerous climate change then we need move to 100% renewable energy as soon as possible.
The costs of renewables like wind and solar have fallen dramatically. And they bring huge benefits in terms of jobs, health and energy security.

But renewables still face unfair competition from fossil fuels, often burnt in plants that have long since been paid off and that don’t pay the real price of the carbon pollution they cause.

That’s why the Commission’s recent proposals to revise the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive – and its proposals on reform of the electricity market and energy efficiency – are so important. 

What is WWF doing?

The EU has shown leadership on renewable energy in the past but is now falling behind the US and China. To turn this around and keep our climate goals within reach we need several things to be in place:
  • We need ambitious, binding EU targets for renewable energy: the Commission’s proposed target of 27% renewable energy by 2030 should be raised to at least 45%.
  • we need EU rules that incentivise and encourage investment in renewables. The Commission’s proposals do the opposite, and make it harder for Member States to support projects on their territory.
  • we need an electricity market designed with variable renewables in mind. The Commission’s proposals go some way to achieving this, but don’t address the main problem: the existence on the EU grid of large numbers of old, inflexible, coal-fired plants.
  • we need much stricter criteria on bioenergy, to ensure that biofuels and biomass offer genuine carbon savings over fossil fuels.
Over the next year, as the Commission’s proposals are negotiated in the European Parliament and the EU Council of Ministers, WWF will be working hard to secure changes to the legislation along these lines.

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