EU countries reached agreement on renewable energy bill

EU member states’ permanent representatives reached an agreement on Friday regarding a crucial renewable energy bill. The European Commission has agreed to consider exempting certain ammonia plants from renewable fuel targets. This development aims to address the concerns of countries such as France, which have been demanding greater recognition for nuclear power in the EU’s renewable energy targets.

To appease the French, the European Commission has drafted a declaration acknowledging the role of nuclear power in the bloc’s decarbonization efforts, as reported by the Financial Times. The document, circulated to EU permanent representatives, states that the Commission recognizes the contribution of non-fossil fuel energy sources, including nuclear power, in achieving climate neutrality by 2050 for member states that choose to rely on such sources. The Commission also commits to considering the decarbonization efforts of EU countries, including the development of non-fossil energy sources other than wind, solar, or other renewables.

This declaration from the European Commission has resolved the deadlock over the law, which had been blocked for several weeks by France and other countries seeking exemptions for non-renewable fuels like nuclear power.

The new law significantly increases the EU’s renewable energy targets, requiring 42.5% of EU energy to come from renewable sources by 2030, replacing the current target of 32% within the same timeframe. Reuters notes that while nuclear power is low-carbon, it is not considered renewable. However, France argues that Europe’s transition to green energy necessitates hydrogen production from both renewable sources and nuclear power, and EU laws should support both.

Despite the agreement reached by EU countries and lawmakers in March, which was due to be finalized, the approval of the latest change to the deal by the European Parliament remains uncertain, as per the agency.

Notably, some countries like Denmark and Germany have resisted the French push, emphasizing the need for a focus on the substantial expansion of wind and solar power to meet climate-related targets.

Germany’s state secretary for energy expressed optimism about the tightened EU Renewable Energy Directive, anticipating an investment boom across the EU after months of deadlock.

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