The U.K. will throw its support behind emissions reduction targets outlined by the E.U., but British Energy Secretary Ed Davey said his country would oppose similar targets for new renewable energy sources.
According to a statement from Davey’s office, the U.K. government’s is committed to the European Commission’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets of 40 percent of 1990 levels by 2030. The government will not support increasing renewable portfolio standards goals for generation technologies such as wind energy and solar power.
Davey said this position would allow a market-driven, competitive approach to reaching a low-carbon economy in the U.K. and throughout Europe.
The E.U.’s carbon-cutting roadmap would require a generation mix of 30 percent renewable energy by 2030 — an increase from the current target of 20 percent by 2020.