EU reach provisional deal on 45% renewables

SolarPower Europe Statement

30 March 2023


Overnight, EU negotiators agreed to set a binding 42.5% renewable target for Europe for 2030, with a further 2.5% indicative target.


This reflects the long-running #Yesto45RES campaign supported by 11 industry and NGO groups accross the economy. 

Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe said (she/her):

"We believe the negotiators when they say this was the only deal possible. 

We're celebrating that the EU has set a path to 45% renewables this decade. 

This sends a clear message to all stakeholders to prepare for system change. That means scaling investment, electricity grids, and our workforce. 

As for the indicative 2.5% target, the task now is to use the EU tools at hand to secure the top up. 

And of course, 45% is a floor, not a ceiling. We'll be working to deliver as much renewable energy by 2030 as possible."



Next Steps


The provisional political agreement reached today will first be submitted to EU Ambassadors, and then in the European Parliament for approval.


The directive will then need to be formally adopted by the Parliament, followed by the Council, before being published in the EU’s Official Journal and enter into force.

Questions? Get in touch.

Bethany Meban
Head of Press & Policy Communciations

+32 492 97 82 48
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Photo: Negotiators from the European Parliament, the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson (link here)



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