Talks on renewable energy policy in Europe reached un unexpected breakthrough early this morning after negotiators from the European Parliament and EU member states were able to reach a compromise on a 32% objective and a complete phase out of palm oil use in transport by 2030.
Germany had clearly stated at a ministerial meeting last Monday that “it wouldn’t support a target above 32%,” Turmes explained after the talks concluded this morning, saying this left no room for negotiators to go higher.
The agreement between the European Parliament and EU governments establishes the right of European citizens, local authorities, small businesses and cooperatives to produce, consume, store and sell their own renewable energy, without being subject to punitive taxes or excessive red tape, said Greenpeace.
“This is a remarkable day for energy communities and citizens across Europe,” said Dirk Vansintjan, President of REScoop.eu.
There has been confusion over how flexible Bulgaria’s mandate is since an Energy Council in Luxembourg on Monday revealed changed positions from new governments in Spain and Italy, which backed higher ambition on renewables and energy efficiency.
It's 4 in the morning & what's more the dawning & we are happy as deal done on #RED11 . Pleasure to work with such great people @EU_Commission @Europarl_EN @EUCouncil Thanks all @pepeblancoEP @JerzyBuzek @BasEickhout @ClaudeTurmes @tamburrano @MAC_europa pic.twitter.com/l8FSGl0u1O
— Seán Kelly MEP (@SeanKellyMEP) June 14, 2018
Deal! New 32% renewables target for 2030. Renewables are good for Europe, and today, Europe is good at renewables. This deal is a hard-won victory in our efforts to unlock the true potential of Europe's clean energy transition. Thank you all! #REDII #ParisAgreement #CleanEnergyEU pic.twitter.com/oluzsJ1alm
— Miguel Arias Cañete (@MAC_europa) June 14, 2018