To fight the climate crisis, the European Union needs at least a 45 per cent renewable energy target by 2030, suggest Europe’s nine renewable energy associations and cities with the endorsement of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and leading universities.
“It is the most cost-efficient pathway to climate neutrality and would ensure the EU’s 55 per cent GHG reduction target is met, in line with the 1.5 Paris Agreement scenario”, states the joint letter in which the signatories address members of the European Parliament and EU Member States representatives.
Setting a more ambitious renewable energy target would enable the EU to boost the technological leadership of its domestic renewable energy industry, improve the security of supply and save funds from fossil fuel imports, according to the authors of the letter.
Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of the signatory SolarPower Europe remarked that “a minimum 45 per cent renewable energy target is within reach and can be met through effective implementation of the EU’s Clean Energy Package and the introduction of policies that reflect the European Green Deal ambitions. We have no time to lose in the green transition, we must increase our ambitions and accelerate the move to renewable energies – starting with a European 45 per cent RES target for 2030”.
The renewable energy sector has the potential to create 15 million full-time jobs in the EU by 2030, primarily through solar and geothermal value chains. In parallel, a new study on public attitudes on solar and wind which was conducted in ten European countries revealed strong support of the public for more renewable energy projects, as well as for the direct involvement of people with solar and wind energy generation.