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Energy ministers demand more green power in EU climate plan

Six out of eight proposals in the EU Commission's climate plan are inadequate and may be dismissed, says Luxembourg's energy minister with the support of several other member states.

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Several EU member states call for the EU Commission's 2050 climate plan to set the ambitious target of achieving an electricity system based on 100 percent renewable energy. 

This emerged when the union's energy ministers met Monday this week and discussed the Commission's climate plan, which was presented in November 2018, reports Euractiv.

The plan contains eight specific proposals for how EU countries can hit their CO2 targets in 2050, however, several countries, led by Luxembourg's Minister of Energy Claude Turmes, demand a strategy based solely on renewable energy sources.

"You can forget six out of eight of the scenarios," says Turmes, who rejects these as inadequate for reaching the goals of the Paris Climate Accord – and the energy minister is supported by colleagues in Austria, Ireland, Lithuania and Spain.

Turmes also thinks the Commission's climate plan lacks transparency, for which he requested figures and statistics supporting the plan's conclusions be published.

It is up to each member state to decide how and if they choose to reach their climate target, as the Commission's plan is not legally binding.

A series of energy sector specialists including Danish Aalborg University Professor Brian Vad Mathiesen have also wondered why the EU Commission's climate plan omitted the scenario based exclusively on renewable energy, as "a lot of technology is going to change by 2050," Mathiesen tells the media.

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

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