Commission questions own renewables target

"Lack of political will" could undermine EU target of 12% renewable energy, official says

A senior European Commission official has called into question the viability of the institution's own proposal that the EU should double the penetration of renewable energy by 2010. Writing in a newsletter produced by the Commission's energy directorate, Armand Colling questions the credibility of a 12% target for renewable energy set out in a green paper last November, and expected to be included in a white paper due this autumn. The target "could face stiff opposition from those [countries] that fear it will not be met," Mr Colling writes. "As tempting as it is to set a numerical target...it will not be credible unless the political will is present in the member states and the necessary tools have been put in place."

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