CEOs of 13 national wind energy associations from across Europe recently met in Spain to put out a united call for a binding 2030 renewable energy target. Binding EU targets for renewables have driven the wind energy sector to become a mainstream energy technology.
“By giving investors certainty, a compulsory 2030 renewables target will allow the wind energy sector to continue to grow and provide green jobs and revenue at the lowest cost for Europe,” Thomas Becker, CEO of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), which set up the meeting in Madrid. EWEA, together with Luis Polo, CEO of the Spanish Wind Energy Association are driving the wind energy sector’s work on 2030 targets.
The CEOs also shared their worries about the drastic changes to the framework for wind energy going on in Spain which may put at risk thousands of jobs and Spain’s achievement of the 2020 target, and agreed the importance of both 2020 and 2030 targets in helping restore confidence in Europe.
The European Commission is due to make proposals on 2030 energy and climate policy by the end of the year.