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2030 Climate and Energy Framework
European Geothermal Innovation Award
EGEC REACTION TO THE OUTCOME OF THE EUROPEAN COUNCIL SUMMIT
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 of flexible renewable generation and renewable heat technologies.
The European Council has set a binding 40% GHG emissions reduction target, a minimum 27% for renewables – only binding at EU-level- and an indicative 27% for energy efficiency. These targets fall short of the needs of Europeans. More can be achieved with renewables for heating and cooling, and consistent actions on energy security, affordability and climate protection.
EGEC welcomes the publication today of the EC´s Stress Test Communication, and the recognition that “Around half of the EU’s primary energy consumption is spent on heating”.
One week before the European Council decides on the EU climate and energy package and especially on 2030 targets for RES, EE and GHG emissions, this is a clear signal to be more ambitious in the answer to the energy dependency challenge.
Both Renewables for heating and cooling and Flexible RES electricity need better recognition.
Moreover, EGEC is dedicated to working with the European Commission, Member States and the European Parliament to develop the following action plan for fuel switching in the heating and electricity sectors: