MEPs back higher RED II target as talks start

MEPs in the European Parliament's industry and energy committee called for a higher 2030 EU renewable energy target in a discussion on Tuesday on proposed post-2020 reforms

MEPs in the European Parliament's industry and energy committee (ITRE) called for a higher 2030 EU renewable energy target in a discussion on Tuesday on proposed post-2020 reforms.

The 27% goal “will probably be achieved without any additional efforts”, said José Blanco López, the socialist lawmaker tasked with steering the dossier through parliament.

Under the European Commission’s proposal the new Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) – one of eight legislative proposals in the recent “winter package” – would not extend the current directive’s binding national targets beyond 2020.

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