EU agrees to raise renewable energy targets to 32% by 2030

Members of the European Union (EU) have agreed ‘ambitious’ targets to raise the level of renewable energy within the bloc’s total energy mix.

The agreement sets two binding targets for 2030: Sources of renewable energy will contribute 32% to the EU’s overall energy mix, and represent a 14% share in transport fuels.

Miguel Arias Cañete, EU commissioner for climate, said: “This deal is a hard-won victory in our efforts to unlock the true potential of Europe’s clean energy transition.

“This new ambition will help us meet our Paris Agreement goals and will translate into more jobs, lower energy bills for consumers and less energy imports.”

The deal was regarded as a ‘well balanced compromise’ by Kristian Ruby, secretary-general of Eurelectric, which represents the European power industry.

“The higher shares of renewable energy must be combined with a more sound approach to market-based integration and electrification,” she added.

Around 17% of the EU’s energy consumption was from renewables in 2016.