EU ministers call for 2030 renewables target. UK opposes.

Guardian: “Ministers from Germany, France and six other countries have called for the European Union to set a 2030 goal for renewable energy use, in opposition to their British counterpart who advocates a sole greenhouse gas emissions target.”
“A 2030 renewables goal, which would be part of a package of EU measures on energy and climate change, would cut dependency on fossil fuel imports and boost jobs and economic growth, the group of ministers said in a letter dated 23 December 2013 and seen by Reuters.
“A target for renewable energy is crucial to provide certainty that can ensure cost-effective investments in energy systems that will strengthen the internal market for energy,” the group of energy and environment ministers said in the letter to Connie Hedegaard, the EU commissioner for climate action, and Guenther Oettinger, commissioner for energy.
The letter is signed by ministers from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Portugal.
….The European Commission, the EU’s executive, is expected to unveil a 2030 package on 22 January to start off a legislative process that could take at least two years. Its impact assessment suggests setting a renewable energy target would also generate more jobs.
The Commission is considering a 40% emissions reduction target and a 30% renewables goal, EU sources have told Reuters.
The two goals would succeed the three 2020 targets of a 20% emissions cut from 1990 levels, a 20% share for renewable energy and energy savings of 20% of 1990 levels.”