"I am delighted that we were able to reach an agreement that delivers a broad majority in the Industry, Research and Energy Committee in favour of boosting renewable energy deployment in the EU. These negotiations were not easy, but I am lucky to have enjoyed a great working relationship with Rapporteur José Blanco López throughout this process, and in the end we were able to deliver a compromise that suited all sides”, said EPP Group Spokesman Seán Kelly MEP after the Report on the ‘Promotion of the use of energy from renewables sources’ was adopted in the committee.
The creation of an Energy Union in Europe to provide secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy is an important EPP Group priority. Today’s vote, which calls for an EU-wide target of 35 percent of renewables in the energy-mix by 2030, is both balanced and realistic.
"The energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables is crucial, but we must also ensure that it goes hand-in-hand with maintaining EU competitiveness and growth. Being unrealistic in our ambition would be counterproductive and certain, more extreme groups fail to acknowledge the impacts of putting such high policy costs onto our energy price, both for industries and household consumers”, Mr Kelly added.
"This Directive is a vital piece of legislation that will help us create new jobs in Europe, meet our obligations under the Paris Agreement, and indeed fulfil President Juncker's goal for the EU to be the world leader in renewable energy.”
Seán Kelly believes that the Industry Committee has found a sensible and pragmatic, yet ambitious agreement, that hopefully will be confirmed when the Report is voted in the full plenary session at a later date.