Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted in favour of proposals for 35% of the European Union’s (EU’s) power consumption to come from renewable sources by 2030.

The parliament also backed measures to introduce a legally-binding 35% energy efficiency target for 2030 and a 12% share of energy from renewable sources in transport also by the same date.

The proposals are tougher than those put forward by the European Commission and the Council of Ministers.

The three bodies will now meet to thrash out the final targets.

‘Need to do more’

Commentators believe the falling cost of renewables may make the parliament’s 35% target more acceptable to the other two bodies, which wanted a 27% figure.

Jose Blanco Lopez, Rapporteur for Renewables, said: “The European Commission was too timid in its proposal.

“If Europe wants to fulfil its Paris commitments, to fight climate change and to lead the energy transition, we need to do more.”

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