Marie Donnelly – Director for Energy Transition at the European Commission – speaks with viEUws.eu‘s energy journalist Hughes Belin about the EU climate and energy goals for 2030 and discusses the implications of the 2030 package for the European Union’s energy security, ahead of the European Council meeting on 23 and 24 October.
Donnelly argues that Eastern and Central Member States should not see a 40% greenhouse gas reduction target as unachievable or too ambitious. When it comes to renewables targets, the Director for Energy Transition underlines that increasing the share of renewable energy to at least 27% would be a great step towards strengthening Europe’s energy security. Moreover, Donnelly sketches out that energy efficiency is number one tool in the context of the crisis. “The ambitious target of 30% energy efficiency was a direct response to the crisis”, she underlines. Regarding energy governance, she points out that very few member states have a policy on import and export, and concludes by looking at the perspective for biofuels. According to her, Europe needs to move forward into the second generation of biofuels.