Renewable Energy Targets: Commission calls on Member States to boost cooperation

31/01/2011

Günther Oettinger said: "We have to invest much more in renewable energy and we need smart, cost-effective financing. If Member States work together and produce renewable energy where it costs less, companies and consumers and the tax payer will benefit from this."

The European Commission presented today its Communication on the progress of renewable energy in the EU. It shows that the 2020 renewable energy policy goals are likely to be met and exceeded if Member States fully implement their national renewable energy action plans and if financing instruments are improved. It also stresses the need for further cooperation between Member States and a better integration of renewable energy into the single European market. Estimates indicate that such measures could lead to 10 billions Euros savings each year.

Press release [IP/11/0113, 31/01/2011]

Questions & Answers [MEMO/11/54, 31/01/2011]

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