S&Ds regret the Commission’s half-hearted and disappointing 2030 climate and energy package
The lack of an enforceable renewable energy target and no serious action on energy efficiency is a missed opportunity, and completely at odds with the Commission’s own rhetoric and analyses, said leading Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament following the Commission’s presentation of its new “2030 climate and energy package”.
While the Commission’s announcement of a binding 40% greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction is welcome, an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27% but with no national targets and no meaningful proposal for energy efficiency is simply not enough for the S&D Group.
S&D spokesperson on environment, MEP Linda McAvan, said:
“An EU-wide binding renewables target with no individual national targets would appear to be unenforceable. We would still have to see how the governance system the Commission wants to introduce will work. So far the EU climate and energy policy has only been successful because there were binding national targets. We are the world leaders for a transition to a clean and sustainable economy. Let’s keep hold of that leadership!
“If we want to have longer term security of supply and not be dependent on fluctuations in world energy prices and the impact of political shocks we need to drastically cut our consumption (energy efficiency).
S&D spokesperson on energy and industry, Teresa Riera, said:
“The Commission seems to contradict itself: On the one hand it presents studies showing how the use of renewable energy, the improved energy efficiency measures and the lower dependency on fossil fuels have contributed to Europe’s global competitiveness. In 2010, renewable energy avoided €10.2 billion of imported fuel costs, €2.2bn of which came from wind alone.
“And then it presents a proposal without any binding renewable targets for member states. We don’t understand this lack of ambition. Even worse: energy efficiency is not even included in the proposal.
“The reasoning by some that renewables are responsible for high energy prices in Europe is unrealistic. In 2013, it is estimated that Europe spent €500 billion in oil imports alone, up from an average of €139 billion per year between 2000 and 2010. Gas and coal imports push this bill up, and prices of fossil energy will only rise”.