To fight the climate crisis, the EU needs an at least 45% renewables target by 2030
Why we need a 45% RES target by 2030:
- The IPCC has warned that we are entering code red for humanity: 2°C warming will be exceeded within this century unless we make deep reductions in GHG emissions. We need to act now to accelerate the clean energy transition: an at least 45% renewable energy target will ensure the EU meets its international climate commitments.
- While through the European Green Deal the European Union is making important progress, more ambition is needed. The 40% renewable energy target by 2030 proposed by the European Commission is a step in the right direction, but we must go further and faster. A 40% renewable target is incompatible with the EU’s 2030 GHG reduction target and the Paris Agreement commitment to limit temperature rise to below 1.5 C.
We are calling for an at least 45% renewable energy target by 2030 to meet our Paris Agreement commitments and avert the most dangerous effects of climate change. It is the most cost-efficient pathway to climate neutrality and would ensure the EU’s 55% GHG emission reduction target is met, in line with the 1.5 Paris Agreement scenario, according to LUT University.
A higher renewable energy target for 2030 is within reach, and necessary for Europe to meet its climate goals
Anthony Pratt, Professor of Climate Policy at ETH Zürich
Christian Breyer, Professor of Solar Economy at Lappeenranta University of Technology
Ignacio Perez Arriaga, Professor at Comillas University and Florence School of Regulation, Visiting Professor at MIT
Joana Portugal Pereira, Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO SolarPower Europe
Dirk Hendricks, Secretary General EREF
Dirk Vansintjan, President REScoop.eu
Eckart Würzner, President Energy Cities
Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, CEO Hydrogen Europe
Marcel Bial, Secretary General ESTELA
Pedro Dias, Secretary General Solar Heat Europe
Philippe Dumas, Secretary General EGEC
Rémi Gruet, CEO Ocean Energy Europe
Yes to 45% RES
Claude Turmes, Minister of Energy, Luxembourg explains why we need a 45% renewable energy target in the EU by 2030.
"Why we support #YesTo45RES"
Yes to 45% RES letter to European Parliament and Council