Dam, DG Energy: Romania has insufficiently ambitious targets

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Bogdan Tudorache

The European Commission has requested explanations from Romania regarding the 2030 targets and intermediaries, said Henrik Dam, Policy Officer in the field of renewable energy at DG Energy within the European Commission, present in Bucharest at the conference “Energy Transition 2019”.

“We received the draft of the Integrated National Plan on Energy and Climate Change from Romania, we analyzed it carefully and made some recommendations. First of all, we must clarify what is the basis, from where we leave starting 2020 onwards, from where does Romania want ot start and with how much it intends to have until 2030. Romania has set itself the target for 2030 to reach 27.9% renewable energy, which means 4% more than in 2020. That is in a 10 years will be an increase of about 4%. We consider this to be insufficiently ambitious,” said the European official, quoted by Agerpres.

According to him, the European Commission recommended Romania a target of 34% for the year 2030, as evidenced by a formula used at the level of the European Union, which takes into account the potential of resources and the capacity of the Romanian economy.

“From the point of view of the European Commission, we consider that this contribution, of 34%, is a correct one. Also, we did not see in the draft sent by Romania, the intermediate targets. In the European regulations there are rules on how to reach the targets of 2023, 2027 and 2030. Romania’s project is below these benchmarks and we want clarification on these benchmarks, and they should be respected,” Dam emphasized.

At the end of last year, Romania sent a draft of the Integrated National Energy-Climate Change Plan to Brussels, where the national target proposed by Romania for the year 2030 for renewable energy is 27.9%.

On the other hand, in June 2019, the European Commission sent a reply to the Romanian authorities, indicating that this target is too small and Romania’s target should be of 34%.

Romania must send a final plan back to Brussels by the end of this year. With a new government, Romanian industry awaits for new targets in the coming months.

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