S&Ds successfully push for binding targets for the 2030 climate and energy package

greenhouse-gas emissions, renewables and energy efficiency

Socialists and Democrats welcome the European Parliament's call for an ambitious climate and energy framework for 2030. Led by progressive MEPs, the Parliament shows the way for a policy that will save billions of euros, ensure energy security and create decent jobs.
The S&D Group fought for three binding targets. Binding targets were not only approved, but almost at the level demanded by S&Ds. We wanted a 50% reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, a 45% of renewables in the energy mix and an energy efficiency target of 40%. The final outcome today was at least 40% reduction of GHG, at least 30% of renewables in the mix and an energy efficiency target of 40%.
S&D shadow rapporteur in the environment committee Marita Ulvskog said:
"I welcome the ambitious report we adopted today. If we look at the climate change policy set for 2020 we see how we were extremely successful where we had binding targets, such as the 20% reduction of CO2 emissions. We have already achieved 18%.
"I think that this lesson was very clear today for a majority in the Parliament, and the Commission must listen.
"We are calling for a clear-cut legislation with binding targets and predictability. Predictability will allow for investment in key energy sectors."
S&D shadow rapporteur in the industry and energy committee Britta Thomsen said:
"This report arrives at a very important historic juncture. We need to make a decision about the future of Europe.
"In 2008 the EU was courageous. It set binding targets and contributed to the creation of thousands of green jobs. The Parliament today said loud and clear that this is the policy we should continue with.
"The EU spends 500 billion euros yearly in buying energy from outside the EU. This is more than Poland's GDP. This money could be spent far better in areas like energy efficiency. It would create quality jobs and jobs that would be based in Europe, not de-localised to world regions competing with lower wages and lower environmental and labour standards."