Ministers back binding renewables targets

Energy council debates renewables and energy efficiency, supports energy efficiency action plan

A significant number of European energy ministers would welcome binding EU targets for renewable energy in 2020 and beyond. Ministers outlined their positions during a debate at an energy council meeting in Brussels on Thursday.

Germany led the calls, proposing that 20% of total EU energy consumption in 2020 should come from renewable sources. The delegation argued that the only way to achieve the objective was to make it legally binding.  The current target is 10% renewable energy by 2010.

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