MEPs propose higher renewable energy target

Environment MEPs are proposing to raise the EU’s renewable energy goals for 2030.

They suggest increasing the share of energy from renewable sources such as solar and wind to at least 35%.

It is part of the ongoing reform of the renewables energy directive, a central piece of EU energy and climate change policy, which has already set a 20% target for 2020, with individual targets for each country.

The European Commission proposed to prolong the scheme until 2030, raising the target to at least 27%.

The draft legislation states the share of biofuels should be no more than 7% of final energy use in road and rail transport.

The MEPs are proposing to phase out food-based, first-generation biofuels responsible for driving deforestation by 2030.