04 December 2008 12:37 [Source: ICIS news]
PARIS (ICIS news)--The EU was close to reaching an agreement on the climate change package, the EU Energy Commissioner Andris Piebalgs said during a debate on the issue at the European Parliament on Thursday.
Piebalgs said there were only a few issues outstanding, most notably disagreement over whether ?xml:namespace>
The package aims to cut EU emissions by 20%, increase the amount of energy from renewable sources by 20% and boost energy efficiency by 2020.
The parliament felt that such a review could undermine the certainty for investment, said Piebalgs.
He confirmed that there would be no changes to the 20/20/20 binding targets, but said there was a need for flexibility.
The question of solidarity and how the burden should be divided between the member states remains an unsolved problem.
France's Jean-Louis Borloo, the environment minster representing the French EU presidency, said he hoped progress would be made on the issue at an EU meeting on 6 December in
Progress on the issue of the proposed target that 10% of road-transport fuel should come from renewable sources by 2020 is believed to have been made in closed-door discussions.
The majority of the 10% was to have come from biofuels.
After much lobbying from environmentalists, it is understood that up to almost a third of the 10% goal could be met through electric cars and trains.
The Commission will also come forward with proposals in 2010 to limit indirect land-use change and promote a "double bonus" scheme for biofuels from non-food sources.
EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas told MEPs that he remained "optimistic of a first-reading agreement" on in the plenary session on 15-18 December.
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