According to a study by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Europe can double the amount of electricity received from clean sources by 2030. This will attract investments of hundreds of billions of euros and will have a positive impact on the environment.
Discussing the plan for the next decade, the European Parliament called for an increase in the share of renewable energy consumption to at least 35%, that is, two times the level of 2016, which amounted to 17%. This measure is designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy security, according to Renewable Energy World.
Achieving this level will require funding on average of € 62 billion per year, according to a report published in Brussels. However, as a result, in 2030 it will lead to even greater investment attraction in the amount of 368 billion euros and will significantly improve the labor market in Europe.
Also, this measure will reduce emissions by another 15%, which is approximately the volume of emissions from Italy. In addition, the initiative will provide an opportunity to achieve the goal set by the EU to reduce CO2 by 40% in the next 10 years. The share of renewable energy in the energy sector will increase by 50% by 2030, compared with 29% in 2015.
2017 was a record year in terms of wind energy generation for the EU countries. 15.7 GW of the capacity of new wind farms was commissioned. The capacity of coastal wind turbines and offshore wind generators increased by 20% compared to 2016.