Azara Blog: Britain will allegedly not even come close to hitting EU renewable energy targets

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Date published: 2007/04/02

The BBC says:

Britain's energy plans have been thrown into disarray by ambitious European Union targets, the BBC has learned.

Ministers had intended to aim to produce 20% of Britain's electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

But EU targets state 20% of all energy - including fuel for home heating, domestic aviation and cars, as well as electricity, must come from renewables.

BBC environment correspondent Roger Harrabin says a forthcoming white paper will cover over the policy gaps.

The recently-published EU strategy will mean the UK will need to produce four times more renewable energy than had been intended.

Is this an April Fool's joke run a day late? A factor of four is merely a difference of tens, if not hundreds, of billions of pounds in investment. We also have:

Meanwhile, the UK is facing further obstacles in meeting EU targets on cutting carbon emissions.

The government is planning to obtain 5% of road fuels from plant sources by 2010.

Car firms have been pushing biofuel as a green alternative to petrol but a consortium of green groups have warned it could lead to "massive degradation" of rainforests.

It is also understood that some oil industry representatives have told the government they cannot hit their targets on biofuel without causing "unacceptable destruction" to wildlife.

It's interesting that the BBC is giving the spin that it is all the fault of the car firms that biofuel is being promoted as 'green'. Plenty of the so-called environmentalists are claiming the same thing, even though biofuels are not nearly as 'green' as their promoters claim. And on the political front, it is the EU more than the UK that is pushing biofuels. There's a good chance that in 2050 they will look back on this as one gigantic mistake (while they are busy promoting the latest fad of that day).

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