* Commission to publish outline policy document next month
* EU road maps imply 40 percent carbon cutting goal
* Environment campaigners seeking more
By Barbara Lewis
BRUSSELS, Feb 20 Green campaigners pressed the
case for an ambitious new decade of energy and environment
policy on Wednesday as the European Commission kicked off debate
on 2030 goals, seeking to balance economic reality with climate
Environment groups say a possible new target of cutting
greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels -
implied from EU documents - fails to address their climate
They want another triple set of targets along the lines of
the 2020 goals - to cut carbon emissions by 20 percent from 1990
levels, get 20 percent of energy from renewable sources and
increase energy savings to 20 percent versus business as usual.
Brook Riley, climate and energy campaigner at Friends of the
Earth (FoE), called on Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso
to show leadership.
"If he's (Barroso) serious about climate action, he needs to
show national governments the benefits of three 2030 targets to
cut carbon emissions, save energy and develop renewable
energies," he said.
Spokeswoman Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen said the Commission had
had an initial debate on Wednesday about what she called the
"sensitive political and economic context" and the EU's desire
to be in vanguard in tackling climate change.
A preliminary policy paper would be published in March, she
An EU source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there
was no decision yet on firm targets, although there was "support
for the idea of a legislative proposal" by the end of the year.
A Commission internal briefing note seen by Reuters says
early agreement is needed to tie in with the "long investment
cycles" of the energy sector.
The note said EU energy and climate road maps to 2050
implied the need for a 40 percent cut in greenhouse gas
emissions by 2030, compared with 1990 levels.
The Commission says the bloc is on track to meet its 2020
carbon cutting and renewables goals, which were agreed by EU
governments before the financial crisis brought austerity and
recession to many parts of the European Union.
But the target on energy savings will only be met in part
and environmentalists argue that proves the case for legally
They say a new triple set of goals has financial and
environmental logic because it would save consumers and business
money as well as ensuring secure and sustainable energy
Conservation organisation WWF earlier this month said the
2030 policy could pave the way for 100 percent green energy by
2050 provided it was ambitious enough.
It argued for energy savings of at least 38 percent compared
with business as usual, obtaining 40 percent of fuel from green
sources and cutting CO2 emissions by 50 percent.
With Climate Action Network Europe, an umbrella group, FoE
commissioned a report from Dutch consultancy Ecofys, which
analysed the implications of cutting energy consumption by about
35 percent compared with 2005 levels.
The financial benefits, it said, would be about 250 billion
euros ($333.9 billion) a year by 2030, derived from a
combination of lower energy prices following lower demand and a
reduced need to invest in infrastructure, lowering the cost of
E.ON CEO Johannes Teyssen said it would be a
mistake to have as many targets as in 2020, but supported a
strong carbon goal.
"We definitely should not do what we did for 2020 when we
agreed three almost national targets. We need one target on
carbon. It should be approximately 50 percent for industry and
power for 2030," he told Reuters.
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(Editing by David Cowell)