The Climate Action Network (CAN) has called on MEPs to stand firm, with regard to renewable energy and energy efficiency targets, in discussions around three key aspects of the EU Clean Energy Package.
EU energy ministers gathered in Luxembourg on Monday to discuss the state of play of the revision of three key files of the Clean Energy Package: the Energy Efficiency Directive, the Renewable Energy Directive and the Governance Regulation. There was a signal from several EU ministers in support of higher ambition on the energy targets, providing new impetus for the trialogue meetings being held today. However, from some this came with caveats which could undermine a strong 2030 climate and energy policy framework. It is therefore critical that the European Parliament persists with the essential elements of all three files in the final stage of negotiations.
“The Paris Agreement requires bold and scaled up action to boost the energy transition” said Wendel Trio, Director at Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, in reaction to the outcome of the Energy Council. “As a bare minimum, the call of the European Parliament to increase the EU’s 2030 renewable energy and energy efficiency targets to at least 35 percent, backed up by a robust Governance framework and strong implementing policies, should be the way forward. We urge the members of the European Parliament to stand firm at the upcoming EU trialogues, both on the targets, the long term vision to plan for net zero emissions by 2050 at latest, and on the necessary measures to achieve them to ensure the credibility of the future EU clean energy laws”.
Mr Trio added that nearly 100 000 citizens throughout Europe are supporting families impacted by climate change in their lawsuit against the EU for its insufficient climate action. These families want the EU to increase its climate action ambition. One necessary step to achieve this is to have a bolder Clean Energy Package.