"The agreement to boost renewables in the energy mix to 32 percent at EU level by 2030 will help us provide secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy. While this will not include nationally-binding targets, Member States will now have an opportunity to submit national plans outlining how they are going to meet these new targets”, said EPP Group Spokesman Seán Kelly MEP after a deal on the Renewable Energy Directive was reached in the early hours of the morning.
It is also agreed that the overall target of 32 percent will be subject to review in 2023 and could be adjusted upwards.
Among the other elements, it is worth mentioning that Member States will aim for a target of 14 percent of biofuels in the transport sector with the inclusion of first generation biofuels which have already seen big investments. It also introduces an obligation of advanced bio-fuels of 0.2 percent in 2022, 1 percent in 2025 and 3.5 percent in 2030.
"This will support the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables and, crucially, it will go hand-in-hand with maintaining EU competitiveness and growth”, Seán Kelly concluded.