European Parliament’s report calls for ramping up renewables

Energy transition

The draft report on the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive for the period 2021 – 2030 leaked to the press yesterday calls upon the EU to raise its 2030 renewable energy target to at least 35% and re-introduce binding national targets for 2030.

This report forms the basis of the European Parliament’s position on the new Renewable Energy Directive, which will determine the future of the renewable energy deployment in the EU. The author of the report, Spanish Member of the European Parliament José Blanco López, who is the Energy Committee rapporteur on the file, calls upon the EU to:

  • raise the 2030 renewable energy target to “at least 35%”, arguing that “the Commission proposal and the European Council endorsement of the 27% target occurred before the signature of the Paris Agreement and were based on technology cost estimates which have already proven to be overly pessimistic and are now outdated”
  • re-introduce binding national targets for 2030, arguing that “national binding targets have been the most important driver for renewable energy policies and investments in many Member States”

In reaction to the report, Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said:

“Raising the target to at least 35% is a step in the right direction, but still stops short of fulfilling the EU’s commitment under the Paris Agreement.

This report should match the level of ambition set out by the Parliament’s report on the overarching governance regulation, which calls for an at least 45% target.

We welcome the call for for national binding targets, which would strengthen investor confidence and in turn reduce transition costs.”

Today CAN Europe released an infographic on the benefits of an at least 45% renewable energy target.



Wendel Trio, CAN Europe Director,, +32 473 170 887

Ania Drazkiewicz, CAN Europe Communications Coordinator,, +32 494 525 738


Infographic ‘The EU needs an at least 45% renewable energy target for 2030’:

CAN Europe Position on the revised Renewable Energy Directive and Electricity Market Design:

The report can be found online here on

The report includes an Annex with the proposed 2030 national binding renewable energy target for each Member State:

  • Belgium, 26%
  • Bulgaria, 29%
  • Czech Republic, 26%
  • Denmark, 45%
  • Germany, 34%
  • Estonia, 38%
  • Ireland, 33%
  • Greece, 33%
  • France, 38%
  • Croatia, 34%
  • Italy, 32%
  • Cyprus, 27%
  • Latvia, 52%
  • Lithuania, 38%
  • Luxembourg, 24%
  • Hungary, 27%
  • Malta, 28%
  • Netherlands, 29%
  • Austria, 48%
  • Poland, 28%
  • Portugal, 46%
  • Romania, 39%
  • Slovenia, 38%
  • Slovakia, 27%
  • Finland, 50%
  • Sweden, 63%
  • United Kingdom, 32%


Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe is Europe’s largest coalition working on climate and energy issues. With over 130 member organisations in more than 30 European countries – representing over 44 million citizens – CAN Europe works to prevent dangerous climate change and promote sustainable climate and energy policy in Europe.


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