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EU Weighs 45 Percent Renewable Energy Target to Curb Imports of Russian Fossil Fuels

EU Weighs 45 Percent Renewable Energy Target to Curb Imports of Russian Fossil Fuels

In an effort to reduce imports of Russian coal and gas, the European Union is weighing a more ambitious renewable energy target, aiming to generate 45 percent of the bloc’s power from renewables by 2030, instead of 40 percent, the current goal.

Member nations and the European Parliament are negotiating an updated target as part of a major climate package, Reuters reported. The 45 percent goal would mark a major increase, as wind, solar, and biomass supplied just 22 percent of power in the European Union in 2020.

In May, the European Commission will release a plan to end imports of Russian fossil fuels by 2027, in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Member states are already looking for ways to accelerate that process.

Italy’s parliament is now pushing a measure that would keep air conditioning systems in public offices and buildings set no lower than 25 degrees C (77 degrees F) in the summer, and would limit heating to a maximum 21 degrees C (70 degrees F) in the winter, helping to limit energy use.

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