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On the design of an EU climate and energy policy framework for 2030 - with special reference to renewable energy
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ECN Policy Studies 3-3-2014
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-E--14-002 ECN publication
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This report assesses some key instruments for EU climate and energy policies towards 2030 with special regard for dedicated stimulation of the share of renewable energy in the EU’s energy mix. The paper reflects among others on the question which headline targets and instruments would enable effective climate policy, whilst serving the three so-called trilemma pillars of energy policy well. Key question on headline targets is whether a binding GHG emissions reduction target for 2030 suffices or, alternatively, that it is to be complemented with other headline targets with special reference to the uptake of renewables. Having considered the general 2030 climate and energy policy framework, it takes a closer look at options for post-2020 renewable energy policy making in the EU. Note that the first four chapters were drafted before the Commission published its proposed package on 22 January 2014, whilst the last chapter discusses the latter package.

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