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[font face=Serif][font size=5]Coalition to reject EU renewable energy targets[/font]

26 May 13 by Duncan Geere

[font size=3]The British government is preparing to oppose attempts to update the EU's renewable energy target, calling it "inflexible and unnecessary", and opting instead to pledge deep emissions cuts

The climate and energy secretary, Ed Davey, is expected to announce on 27 May: "There are a variety of options to decarbonise any country's economy. In the UK, our approach is technology neutral and our reforms will rely on the market and competition to determine the low carbon electricity mix. We will therefore oppose a renewable energy target at an EU level as inflexible and unnecessary."

The current goal, of generating 20 percent of energy in Europe from renewable sources by 2020 has been seen as incompatible with George Osborne's "dash" to build more than 20 gas-fired power stations over the next decade.

Instead, the UK will call on the EU to commit to 40 percent cuts in CO2 emissions by 2030, compared to 1990 levels - rising to 50 percent if other countries are willing.


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