Low-carbon policy would be "disaster" for wind, says EU renewables rapporteur

EUROPE: The EU's emphasis on boosting low-carbon technology would be a "disaster" for wind energy and other forms of renewables, according to a leading figure behind the EU's energy policy.

A low carbon strategy could see an increase in the number of nuclear plants
A low carbon strategy could see an increase in the number of nuclear plants
Last week, the European Commission published its 2050 Low-Carbon Roadmap – a plan on how to cut carbon emissions by 80-95% by 2050.

Speaking at EWEA, Green member of the European Parliament Claude Turmes, who was heavily involved in the approval of the EU’s renewable energy directive of 2009, has warned against an emphasis on low-carbon.

Turmes said the "low-carbon technologies gang" of nuclear and carbon capture and storage supporters were trying to channel investment away from wind power and into their own technologies. 

The comments came as EWEA called for a "binding 2030 target" on renewable energy.

EWEA president Arthouros Zervos said: ""We must ensure that the renewable energy targets established in 2001 and 2009 are replicated for the period after 2020 with ambitious 2030 targets. We must ensure that that the success story of renewable energy in Europe survives beyond 2020."

He added: "We are facing a policy vacuum after 2020. We must ensure that the renewable energy targets established in 2001 and 2009 are replicated for the period after 2020 with ambitious 2030 targets. We must ensure that that the success story of renewable energy in Europe survives beyond 2020."

 

 

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