Influential and interesting in 2018 -- Miguel Arias Cañete

Climate action and energy commissioner, European Union

(pic: Arno Mikkor)

Leading from the front on renewables uptake

At 3.32am on 14 June, an exhausted Cañete posed for photographs with colleagues from the European Commission, having just reached agreement for a new renewables target of 32% for 2030.

The target, along with a provision requiring member states to provide five years’ visibility on public support for renewables, has since been approved by the European Parliament.

As the commissioner for energy and climate action, Cañete was the principal designer of the renewables element of the EU’s clean energy package.

At the opening session of the WindEnergy conference in Hamburg in September, he spoke urgently of the importance EU member states needed to place on ensuring a stable investment framework for renewables.

He also argued for countries to give the wind-power industry a greater role in consultation over their national energy and climate policies.