[Brussels, 3 December 2012] – CAN Europe welcomes Energy Ministers’ call for a long-term, stable framework for renewable energy in the EU after 2020. At today’s Energy Council, ministers recognized that a coherent set of policies that ensures a higher share of renewables would help unlock the full economic, social and environmental benefits these technologies can bring.

“This decision represents a good step on the path that must be traveled toward the EU’s goal of cost-effectively decarbonizing its energy sector,” said Daniel Fraile, CAN Europe Senior Policy Officer. “We already have agreement on the need for policies that incentivize higher use of renewables. Now we need to define them so that investors keep backing these technologies. Setting a 2030 binding target should be the next task.”

The European Commission now has the clear mandate it needs to begin preparing an ambitious proposal for climate and energy policy after 2020, when the EU’s current targets will end. CAN Europe is calling for a coherent set of binding 2030 targets for renewable energy, greenhouse gases AND energy savings.

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