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|Renewable Energy Targets 2020: 20%|
Updated June, 2008
process started in 2004 to define renewable energy targets
for renewable energy in the EU after the first commitment of the
In March 2007 this has resulted in the decision by the Prime Ministers
of a target of 20% renewable energy for the EU-27 by 2020. As part
of this target is agreed a target of 10% biofuels in transportation
by 2020; but no other targets for other sector, such as the electricity
or heating+cooling sectors. Prime Ministers also "forgot" to
specify if the 20% target was a target of primary energy or final energy:
is easier to reach a target of final energy with EU's energy mix; but
the final energy target is anyhow promoted by the windpower and
because with current statistical methodology they contribute more to
the final energy target than to the primary energy target.
March 8, 2007, Prime Ministers agreed upon a 20% renewable energy target as an average for the 27 EU countries.
January 10, 2007 the EU Commission launched an energy package including proposals for specific targets like 20% renewables by 2020 and 10% biofuels in transport by 2020.
March 2006 the EU Prime Ministers agreed that a new EU policy should be developed.
November 29, 2004 the EU energy ministers discussed the communication from the Commission. They agreed that the target-setting for 2020 should start only by the end of 2005 and that it should conclude in 2007, only 3 years before the existing target year (2010).
In May 2004, the Commission made a communication calling for a two-year process to establish a 2020 target in 2007 (COM2004/366).
In April 2004, the Parliament proposed a 20% renewables target for 2020.
In January 2004, an EU expert meeting recommended a 20% target for 2020, while stating that also a 25% target is possible.