45% by 2030 is a new initiative to achieve a 45% binding target for renewable energy in the EU by 2030 – the only way that we will avoid the most serious effects of climate change in the not-too-distant future.
Europe’s energy system must undergo radical change. This is the key to fulfilling the European Union’s committment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050 in order to avoid the most serious effects of climate change, for the well-being of our socities.
Current policies will fail in this ambition, resulting in only a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Renewable energy sources and energy savings are the most straightforward way of both reducing emissions and improving security of energy supply. Since 1990, energy related co2 emissions have already been reduced by more than 20% by the use of renewables.The renewables sector is one of the fastest growing sectors in Europe, providing jobs and bringing new technologies to the market.
The European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), supported by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), calls on the European Commission, Member States and the European Parliament to deliver on the EU’s long-term climate commitment by proposing and endorsing a legally binding EU target of at least 45% renewable energy by 2030.
Now is the time to decide whether to opt for a polluting, fossil fuels dependent energy pathway or one based on clean, sustainable, widespread and available renewable energy sources. Strong goals demand strong targets. Join the 45% BY 2030 Facebook page to add your voice to the project and follow the EWEA blog for updates on our demands for 2030 targets.