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EU member states’ climate plans need improvement, EC says

EU Commission headquarters in Brussels; Author: Radomir Ralev

June 18 (Renewables Now) - The European Commission (EC) said today that the EU member states’ draft integrated national energy and climate plans (NECPs) fail to meet the bloc’s objectives and 2030 targets.

In its assessment of NECPs submitted by each government, the EC has found that their compounded renewables targets would not contribute enough to the EU-mandated one which specifies at least 32% share of renewable energy by 2030. Specifically, the member states could miss it by 1.6 percentage points. 

For energy efficiency, the NECPs are behind by 6 to 6.2 percentage points compared to at least 32.5% improvement set out in the EU climate policy.

More policy detail, clarity and predictability for businesses and the financial sector, and more work on the social fairness side of the transition are also among the areas that the EU executive said need improvement.

The EC called on the member states to ramp up their ambition if they are to collectively reach long-term climate goals.

The EU countries are now due to revise their national plans based on the EC recommendations and submit the final versions by the end of 2019.

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