ministers from the European Union, meeting at Brussels,
have agreed to increase the share of biofuels for transport
to 10 per cent by 2020. However, they were unable to
decide whether a higher target of 20 per cent of energy
from renewable sources by 2020 should be binding.
will now decide at their meeting on 8 and 9 March at
Brussels whether the renewable energy target should
to the failure to agree on the higher targets Green
members of the European parliament Claude Turmes and
Rebecca Harms, charged, "After all the bluster
from EU leaders on climate change over the past few
months, it is shameful that their energy ministers seem
to be already abandoning ambition on crucial concrete
measures to protect our climate."
Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said the ministers had
broadly backed the goal of getting 20 per cent of energy
from renewable sources by 2020, but wanted more information
about how the burden would be shared between the 27
ministers also could not agree over the proposed splitting
of energy utilities into separate production and distribution
proposals were part of a package of measures put forward
by the European Commission in January to tackle climate
change and improve Europe's energy supply security while
maintaining the EU economy's competitiveness.
week environment ministers will discuss the commission's
proposal of a unilateral 20-per cent cut in greenhouse
gas emissions by 2020 or a 30-per cent reduction if
agreement can be reached between all developed countries.