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EU strikes deal on 32% renewable energy target and palm oil ban after all-night session – EURACTIV.com

EU strikes deal on 32% renewable energy target and palm oil ban after all-night session – EURACTIV.com

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.

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