National benchmarks for a more ambitious EU 2030 RES target

Published: 21/06/2017

The Clean Energy Package presented by the European Commission in November 2016 proposes a binding EU energy efficiency target of at least 30% and a binding EU renewables target of at least 27% by 2030, building on earlier conclusions of the European Council. These EU-level targets shall not be broken down in binding national targets.

The proposed targets have been heavily criticised by multiple stakeholders, including the European Parliament and the European renewable energy associations. The targets are considered too low to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement and not binding enough on national level to ensure that the EU targets are achieved.

To inform the debate on targets and benchmarks, this report derives national target benchmarks for a more ambitious EU renewables target of 30%, 35% or 45%. It also analyses the positive effect of increased energy efficiency on the effort required to meet the 2030 renewables targets. In doing so it provides relevant indications for the required effort and fair contribution of the Member States to the achievement of the EU-level RES target. The national benchmarks for the achievement of the EU 2030 RES-target are compared to the efforts required to meet national 2020 RES-targets and to the status quo of renewables deployment in 2015.