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45% renewable target for 2030 viable, says parliament

A new target of supplying 45% of energy in the European Union from renewable sources by 2030 would be realistic, said European Parliament vice-president Anni Podimata.

European Parliament vice-president Anni Podimata
European Parliament vice-president Anni Podimata

"Renewables can lead the way out of the economic crisis (in Europe)," Podimata told delegates at the opening session of the annual EWEA event in Vienna.

Irish energy minister Pat Rabbite, whose country currently holds the EU presidency, noted that while the debate has begun, there is no consensus among the EU´s 27 member states about post-2020 targets.

Some countries just want a carbon target, he noted. Others, including Ireland, would like to continue along the lines of the 2020 targets, which see member states with 20% of energy from renewable sources that year.

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