23 January 2009 – Lawmakers in the European Parliament have urged the EU to adopt more ambitious long-term energy and climate goals for 2050, citing supply worries in the wake of the Russia-Ukraine gas dispute and calling for more investment in nuclear power, according to EurActiv.
The EU’s goal of improving energy efficiency by 20 per cent by 2020 should be made legally binding while setting clear objectives for 2050 to secure European energy supply, the Parliament’s industry committee stated.
EU lawmakers called on member states to agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 80 per cent, improve energy efficiency by 35 per cent and bring the share of renewable energies to 60 per cent of the EU’s total energy consumption by 2050.
The Union already has mandatory objectives to reduce CO2 emissions and increase the share of renewables in its energy mix by 2020. The Parliament said a similar commitment should be made on energy efficiency, stressing that energy savings are “the most effective and cost-efficient way of improving” security of supply.
The approach was outlined in a report adopted in response to the European Commission’s Second Strategic Energy Review. Published in November, the review addresses security of supply and sets out policy priorities for the next Commission.
The committee also emphasised the importance of further developing nuclear power, which it said must be used “at the highest technologically possible level of safety”. It called on the Commission to draw up a “specific road map for nuclear investments”.