Post its exit from the European Union, Britain is planning to scrap EU’s ambitious green energy targets the Union had set to be fulfilled individually by member countries by 2020. The most common target set by the Union for all of its member countries was to source at least 20% of their overall energy needs from renewables by the said year.
The EU renewables directive requires that all countries in the Union must ensure that at least 10% of the fuel used for transportation comes from renewable sources by the end of this decade. The individual targets in countries from around 10% in Malta, which is the lowest, to around 49% in Sweden. This target is of 15% for Britain, including three sub targets of 10% for transportation, 12% in heat, and 30% in electricity.
Ministers against the Targets?
Reports from government sources suggest that Britain is preparing to scrap the renewables targets after Brexit. Only last year, ministers on the Energy and Climate Change Committee, which is now defunct, had warned that if the UK continued to follow its current growth dynamics, it will fail to achieve its renewables targets set for 2020.
Some MPs in the country believe that the whole focus on renewables in the past few years has distorted the entire energy market. It is a way of transferring money from poor constituencies to wealthier ones who are establishing heavily subsidized and pointless wind turbines. So while the country moves ahead to establish some new laws and directives post its exit from the Union, ministers and future governments could seek to bin individual legislations if desired, of which the renewables pact could be one.