Europe Moves Towards Renewable Energy
2nd March, 2007
The European Commission's plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020 received a boost yesterday as Tony Blair completed a British U turn by overruling his industry minister and French diplomats said Jacques Chirac could accept the binding agreement.
Without a big increase in renewable use, the 27-member union stands little chance of meeting its target of cutting overall greenhouse gas emissions by at least 20 per cent by 2020 compared with 1990 levels.
About 5 per cent of the UK's electricity generation comes from renewable sources at present. This is behind government projections, under which 6.7 per cent should come from renewables this year to meet Mr Blair's pledge of generating 10 per cent from renewables by 2010.
This article first appeared in the Ecologist March 2007
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