Fiona Hall MEP, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament and energy spokesperson, commented after the vote:
“The 2020 renewables target kick-started the industry and created jobs and growth in a time of economic downturn. We need to keep up the momentum – and continue to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the same time. It is a win-win situation.
“Putting in place new renewables targets for 2030 will give the industry the certainty it needs to make important long-term investment decisions.
“The ball is now in the court of Member States and the Commission to agree on a 2030 renewables target as part of the 2030 framework for climate and energy policies.”
The renewables industry estimates that its current growth of 6% a year will slump to 1% if there is no strong political framework post-2020.[i]
Note to editors:
The Commission has already undertaken an Impact Assessment on what a post-2020 framework for renewables should be. That Impact Assessment clearly shows that prolonging the currently successful 2020 targets to 2030 will result in more jobs, industry growth and therefore EU GDP growth than any other policy options looked at: