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.
The EU has set a 32% target for renewable energy by 2030, but this is not enough.
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 agreed EU target of 32% energy by 2030 should be raised to at least 45%, and the EU should aim for zero net emissions by 2040;
- 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.