Šefčovič says Germany close to 2020 renewables target

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Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the EC.

However, Germany will need to do more to meet its emissions reduction objective, says Šefčovič


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European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič said on April 13 that Germany is already close to achieving its 2020 renewables targets.

Šefčovič will be in Germany on April 16-17 for the second Energy Union Tour.

He will meet Federal Economy Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU), Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas (SPD), and Cem Özdemir (Green Party), Chair of the Transport Committee of the Bundestag, the Commission said, adding that their discussions will focus on Germany’s progress towards Energy Union targets, the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ legislative package and the post-2020 national energy and climate strategy, and the possibility of using EU funding to invest in projects that will contribute to the clean energy transition.

“I am impressed that Germany is already close to achieving its 2020 renewables target,” Šefčovič said ahead of his visit. “However, it will need to do more to meet its emissions reduction objective. As for energy efficiency, efforts are underway and the EU is investing €1.3 billion in energy efficiency improvements in the country. Furthermore, German energy infrastructure projects have already benefited from the European Fund for Strategic Investments, but there is potential for more, and I also encourage project promoters to make full use of the EU’s European Investment Advisory Hub and European Investment Project Portal,” he added.

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