By 2020, the EU should reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% and produce 25% of its primary energy through renewables, according to a report adopted by the European Parliament on 14 December.
The Parliament’s resolution foresees the following concrete targets:
- 30% CO2 reduction by 2020 and 60-80% by 2050;
- 25% of primary energy production from renewables by 2020 and a road map to reach 50% by 2040;
- energy efficiency improvements of 20% by 2020.
Parliament also recognises the role that nuclear energy can play in the energy mix of some member states, but leaves it up to the individual countries to decide on the future of nuclear power. A proposal pushed by the nuclear lobby to generate 60% of Europe’s electricity from “non-carbon emitting technologies” was defeated.