EU on track to meeting its 2020 climate & energy targets
Official data for 2014 show that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions have already decreased beyond the 20% reduction target but action needed to be "stepped up" to meet longer term objectives
Report from – Damien Carr
According to the European Environment Agency, the use of energy from renewable sources as a proportion of energy consumption is also growing faster than initially planned by Member States, with energy consumption decreasing at a pace that will be sufficient to reach the 2020 target – a 20 % reduction compared with baseline projections.
However, the EEA said that achieving more ambitious longer term objectives would require current efforts to be stepped up. Policy proposals are currently under discussion between Member States and at the European Parliament in order to achieve the EU’s 2030 objectives under the climate and energy framework and the Energy Union Framework Strategy. These include new binding national targets on GHG emissions for the period from 2021 to 2030 under the Effort Sharing Regulation, and the integration of land use and forestry in the policy framework.
Proposals are also expected before the end of 2016 to revise the Renewable Energy Directive and the Energy Efficiency Directive.