2030 climate and energy goals
On the 22th of January 2014, the European Commission unfolds its plan for the 2030 goals concerning Climate and Energy. On the 21th of March, Dutch prime minister Rutte will discuss this plan with his 27 colleagues. The announced legislation offers chances for companies in the business of renewable energy and energy conservation. The proposal of the European Commission isn’t very ambitious. Only 40% reductuon of greenhouse gases and 27% renewable energy by 2030 for the European Union as a whole. Furthermore only noncommittal words. The wind and solar industry states that more than 50% renewable energy in 2030 is perfectly attainable. The fact that, a few years ago, Rockwool and other companies wrote a letter, expressing a sense of urgency, about the lack of an Energy Savings Directive has led to a proposal for legislation in 2011 and a decision a year later! But this Directive will end in 2020 while energy efficiency will also provide for employment after 2020, more than renewable energy. This is the cheapest mode of climate policy and can be missing in Europe’s 2030 climate and energy policy.