European Parliament different compromises for clean energy package will face resistance
The EU parliament has agreed to increase EU’s renewable goal to a non binding 35 percent and decrease the energy efficiency goal to a binding 35 percent for 2030, but that’s not going to sit well with national governments. They also agreed on strong rules for ensuring countries are on track to meet their goals.
Also the parliament made political agreements regarding a number of details regarding bioenergy in the Renewable Energy Directive REDII. A number of proposed restrictions on solid biomass for energy met a strong no as well did further reductions of agrocrops for biofuels – with one big exception – the parliament decided by 2021 to put an end for palmoil as a renewable fuel, something that will be questioned if it is in lines with the rules for a free market according to the WTO. In an angry response the Malaysian government, called the move a protectionist trade barrier and a form of “crop apartheid”. It was included in a strong compromise deal by the European People’s Party (EPP), the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) groups. EU lawmakers also decided on a 12 percent target for renewables in transport, which also includes 10 percent for so -called second -generation or advanced biofuels. The environmental committee had also removed six proposed advanced biofuels from the list, which were brought back by the Parliament.
Even though the European Parliament’s members where very pleased over Wednesday’s vote to boost the EU’s green energy ambitions they where also well aware of it is likely to be punctured in the coming brawl with national governments.
MEPs’ push to speed up the bloc’s transition to clean energy puts it on a collision course with the Council of the EU, where several countries are angry at the possibility of being forced to shoulder an extra, and expensive, burden.
The votes shape the Parliament’s position on the Renewable Energy Directive, the Energy Efficiency Directive and the Governance Regulation. These are all key files from the European Commission’s Clean Energy Package, which aims to encourage the EU’s uptake of renewable energy and reform of its power market.