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European Commission confident renewables targets will be met

Despite delays by some countries in adopting targets for renewable energy, the European Commission maintains it is "not alarmed" at the apparent lack of progress towards meeting the overall EU target of 12% of energy -- or 22.1% of electricity -- from renewables by 2010. The European renewable energy Directive, which came into force in 2001, required countries to adopt and publish reports by October 27, 2002, setting national indicative targets and outlining measures to achieve them. Less than half the member states met the October deadline, but most had sent reports to the Commission by last month, states an official. He points out that member states signed up unanimously to the Directive which contained the targets. "They did not have to do that." He is not concerned that the targets contained in the reports received so far differ too widely from those proposed by the Commission. They are either "what was suggested in the Directive or within shouting distance." He adds that the Commission does not have to do an analysis of countries' progress towards meeting their national targets and the global targets until 2004.

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