Commission snubs renewables in EU energy union

Press release - November 18, 2015
Brussels – Greenpeace has criticised a European Commission assessment of EU energy policies under the energy union heading for its lack of ambition on renewable energy.

Commenting on Commission vice-president Maroš Sefčovič's speech on the European Energy Union, Greenpeace EU climate and energy policy adviser Bram Claeys said:

After months of industry lobbying, it’s not surprising Sefcovic's head is full of nothing but gas, gas, gas. Swapping coal for gas will keep the EU dependent on foreign oligarchs and dodgy regimes, and slow down the transition to clean home-grown renewable energy. Decarbonisation, energy independence and self-sufficiency in renewable energy production should be the focus of developing a European energy union.”

Note: For more information, please see this Greenpeace briefing, which assesses the priorities and flaws of the energy union so far.


Bram Claeys, Greenpeace EU climate and energy policy adviser, +32 476 961 375, 

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