Assessing the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Targets

A briefing paper

Published: 18/03/2014

On 22 January 2014, the European Commission put forward 2030 energy and climate targets of a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (compared to 1990) and a share of 27% renewables in final energy consumption. This Briefing Paper contains the most important conclusions of an assessment of these targets, as analysed by Ecofys and commissioned by the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament. 

Ecofys concludes that the European Commission’s proposals will barely bring the EU on track for a fair contribution to limiting the global temperature rise to below 2 degrees. Regarding renewable energy, the 27% target in the 2030 framework as proposed by the European Commission implies a very modest annual growth (1 to 1.5%), which is considerably lower than present growth rates.

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