EGEC REACTION TO THE OUTCOME OF THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL SUMMIT
Full consideration of renewables for flexible power generation and heating and cooling will lead us way above minimum 2030 energy and climate targets
Following long months of negotiations, the European Heads of State and Government have agreed minimum climate and energy targets for 2030 of at least:
• 40% greenhouse gas emission reductions compared to 1990 levels,
• EU-wide 27% renewables and
• 27% energy efficiency (indicative).
The European Geothermal Energy Council (EGEC) regrets the very low level of ambition resulting from the final compromise, but recognises that this was not the best moment for Member States to make more progressive long-term commitments. Additionally, the decision over the 2030 targets stems from a rather incomplete analysis, which largely disregards the development flexible renewable generation and renewable heat technologies.