11 December 2012: How to expand renewables after 2020

CER has now published my short policy brief ‘How to expand renewable energy after 2020’. This argues that:

  •  The EU should set targets for renewable energy for 2030 and the end of each subsequent decade, to reach full reliance on renewables by 2060. This would support rather than undermine nuclear power and carbon capture and storage, by emphasising their role as necessary, low-carbon ‘bridge technologies’.
  • The European Commission should continue to promote the trading of renewable energy between member states. This would strengthen the economies of struggling eurozone countries. And the EU should support renewable projects in North Africa.
  • The EU should adopt mandatory standards for all forms of bio-energy. Produce from land that was previously used to grow food should not count towards renewable energy targets.
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