WindEurope puts more pressure on EC over climate law

The industry trade body called on the European Union to go further than its net-zero emissions by 2050 pledge by committing to a 100% renewable energy target.

WindEurope policy chief Pierre Tardieu wants the EC to commit to a 100% renewables plan to achieve net zero emissions (pic: HMC / Michael Zapf)
WindEurope policy chief Pierre Tardieu wants the EC to commit to a 100% renewables plan to achieve net zero emissions (pic: HMC / Michael Zapf)

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The European Commission’s (EC) green deal package increased its target of reducing emissions for 2030 by at least 50% "and towards 55%" — up from the existing target of 40% — before reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.

However, this would leave a “backdoor for controversial and underdeveloped technologies such as carbon capture and storage” and mean “fossil fuels would remain a part of the energy system”, WindEurope said.

The lobby group is now calling for the target of net-zero emissions to be met with a renewables-only plan.

“Beating climate change is about driving renewables-based electrification in road transport, buildings and most of industry. And scaling up renewable hydrogen in hard to abate sectors.

“Clearly opting for a 100% renewables scenario would avoid stranded investments down the road. A 100% renewables scenario must be the start of our conversation on how we deliver climate neutrality cost effectively,” said WindEurope’s chief policy officer, Pierre Tardieu.

Earlier in March, WindEurope called on the EC to support the industry’s manufacturing sector as part of the European green deal.

WindEurope wanted the EC’s industrial strategy being developed as part of the European green deal to "send a strong signal that Europe wants its companies to stay global champions".

"The European Union needs five times more wind than it has today to go climate neutral. The question is: will these turbines be made in Europe?" asked WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson.

Tardieu, today, added: “The EU Commission was absolutely right to emphasise that the transition to climate neutrality is irreversible. That will require Europe to install more than twice as much new wind energy each year as it managed in 2019 (15.4 GW).

“The Climate Law impact assessment should outline a credible path for the delivery of these volumes,” Tardieu said.

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