EU sets higher target for renewable energy by 2030

June 14, 2018
Under the Paris climate deal struck in December 2015, the EU pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, and make renewable energy account for 27 percent of energy use

The EU agreed Thursday to raise its consumption target from wind, solar and other renewable energy sources, aiming for 32 percent by 2030 rather than the previous 27 percent.

But environmentalists said the provisional between the 28 European Union countries, the European Parliament and the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, was not ambitious enough to fight change.

EU climate and commissioner Mighuel Arias Canete said: "I am particularly pleased with the new European target of 32 percent."

Canete said "this new ambition will help us meet our Paris (climate) agreement goals," create jobs, give investors certainty as well as lower energy bills and energy imports.

Under the Paris climate deal struck in December 2015, the EU pledged to cut by 40 percent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels, and make renewable energy account for 27 percent of energy use.

Under the deal that the European Parliament and member states must still give final approval, at least 14 percent of fuel for transport must come from renewables by 2030.

It stipulates that first generation biofuel must be capped at 2020 levels and in no case exceed seven percent of final consumption of road and rail transport.

It said the share of advanced biofuels and biogas must be at least one percent in 2025 and at least 3.5 percent in 2030.

But it said palm oil, cited as a cause of deforestation, will be phased out.

The environmental group Greenpeace said the deal could lead to millions more solar panels on European rooftops as it makes it easier for citizens to take part in the energy transition.

"But the renewables target of 32 percent is far too low and allows power companies to cling onto fossil fuels and false solutions," Greenpeace's Sebastian Mang said in a statement.

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2.3 / 5 (3) Jun 15, 2018
The target should be emission reduction, not renewable energy.
Intermittent renewables are a trillion-euro fiasco at reducing emissions everywhere.
"Germany's #energy transition: a cautionary tale for Europe" - June 12, 2018
"despite Germany's commitment to expanding its renewable energy capacity to replace lost nuclear plants, the country's carbon emissions are currently on the rise."
"While Germany has managed to bring renewables' share of electricity generation up to 30 percent, the previous steady decline in carbon emissions – 27 percent from 1999 to 2009 – has sharply reversed since Germany decided to phase out nuclear. Instead of falling, emissions have instead risen by four percent in the years since. Why the worrying uptick in emissions? Because renewable energy is still inherently intermittent."
2.3 / 5 (3) Jun 15, 2018
"The environmental group Greenpeace said the deal could lead to millions more solar panels on European rooftops as it makes it easier for citizens to take part in the energy transition."
Greenpeace relies on marine DIESEL instead of solar/wind to generate electricity to power their ships and inflatable motorboats across the oceans, sails just for decoration.
'@Greenpeace's diesel-powered "ship of fools" '
"The coal boom in Germany is a result of Greenpeace's political success." - Ian Plimer
Greenpeace executive flies 250 miles to work
Greenpeace: "Do as I say, not as I do"
3 / 5 (4) Jun 15, 2018
Willie was bitten by a radioactive nuclear advocate, but sadly all he got was rabies.
2.3 / 5 (3) Jun 16, 2018
... radioactive nuclear advocate...
Everybody is naturally radioactive.
"Potassium-40 is the largest source of natural radioactivity in animals including humans. A 70 kg human body contains about 160 grams of potassium, hence about 0.000117 x 160 = 0.0187 grams of Potassium-40; whose decay produces about 4,900 disintegrations per second (becquerels) continuously throughout the life of the body."
"All of us have a number of naturally occurring radionuclides within our bodies. The major one that produces penetrating gamma radiation that can escape from the body is a radioactive isotope of potassium, called potassium-40. This radionuclide has been around since the birth of the earth and is present as a tiny fraction of all the potassium in nature."
"In the ocean, the largest source of radiation comes from naturally occurring substances such as potassium-40 and uranium-238, which are found at levels 1,000 to 10,000 times higher than any sources of radiation caused by humans."
1 / 5 (2) Jun 16, 2018
As I said, talking to Willie is talking to an electric billboard.

A simple output device.
3 / 5 (2) Jun 16, 2018
Solar/wind is cheap and is replacing coal/oil/gas, they say.
"Electricity prices in California rose 25% in 2017 due to higher natural gas prices So let's shut down our last nuclear plant and see what happens then!" - June 15, 2018

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