Europe’s National Energy and Climate Plans insufficient for 2030 target

Today, at the WIndEurope conference & exhibition in Bilbao, Spain, WindEurope released its analysis of Europe’s draft National Energy & Climate Plans (NECPs). According to the association, a first assessment of the first drafts shows that the NECPs are insufficient to deliver the EU’s 32% renewables target for 2030.

The 2030 National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) are the framework for Member States to outline their climate and energy goals, policies and measures from 2021 to 2030 to the European Commission and investors. The development of these Plans is a legal requirement stemming from the Governance Regulation adopted in December 2018. Member states submitted their drafts at the end of 2018.

WindEurope rates every country either insufficient or poor for the policy measures. WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson said: “Europe has a clear target: 32% renewable energy by 2030. Each country has now drafted a National Plan saying how they’ll contribute to this. But none of the Plans properly spell out the policy measures by which countries will deliver on the objectives they outline.

“National Governments need to fill these big gaps. Otherwise the Plans won’t be meaningful. When are the renewables auctions happening? How much are you auctioning? How are you going to make it easier to get permits for wind farms? What are you doing to electrify heating and transport? And what’s your plan for your renewables that come to the end of their life between now and 2030?

Member States can still make improvements to the drafts. The Plans must be finalised by 31 December 2019. Source: WindEurope




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