A reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40% below the 1990 level, an EU-wide binding target for renewable energy of at least 27%, renewed ambitions for energy efficiency policies, a new governance system and a set of new indicators to ensure a competitive and secure energy system. These are the pillars of the new EU framework on climate and energy for 2030 presented today by the European Commission .
There is then a question of how this ambition links to the UK’s existing emission reduction targets. That was tackled in the Committee on Climate Changes advice on the review of the fourth carbon budget, published November/December 2013. They suggested that the currently legislated fourth budget would be consistent with an EU 40% emission reduction target for 2030.