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EU: Members have to increase use of renewable energy sources

Slovakia will have to increase the share of energy from renewable sources from its current 6.7 percent to 14 percent by 2020. That's the word from the European Commission in Brussels on January 23 in a statement related to the fight against climate change and safeguarding energy security in the European Union. Regarding CO2 emissions, which don't fall under the so-called emissions trade scheme (ETS), Slovakia can produce 13 percent more emissions. This ensues from the series of proposals presented on Wednesday by the European Commission.

Slovakia will have to increase the share of energy from renewable sources from its current 6.7 percent to 14 percent by 2020. That's the word from the European Commission in Brussels on January 23 in a statement related to the fight against climate change and safeguarding energy security in the European Union. Regarding CO2 emissions, which don't fall under the so-called emissions trade scheme (ETS), Slovakia can produce 13 percent more emissions. This ensues from the series of proposals presented on Wednesday by the European Commission.

The proposals should contribute to the fulfillment of the goals agreed to by European leaders at last year's summit (in March). The leaders vowed to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases by 20 percent by 2020 in comparison to 1990. If other countries join the effort, the EU is prepared to reduce the emissions by 30 percent. The EU also wants to increase the share of energy from renewable sources to 20 percent by 2020. The third goal pertains to bio-fuels in transport, the share of which should increase to 10 percent by 2020. Sustainability is considered to be the most important part of the plan.

In comparison with 1990, the EU managed to decrease emissions by 6 percent as of 2005, which means that a further reduction of 14 percent must be achieved by 2020. All emissions are divided into two groups based on whether the given sector belongs to ETS or not. The EU-Member states have yet to submit their comments on the proposal. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports

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