Last month the European Commission proposed a reductions target of 40% between 1990-2030, a 20% increase from the current 2020 target. This proposal has wide support from most of the western European nations, but a schism is emerging over this energy policy between this group and eastern European nations such as Poland, the Czech Republic, and Bulgaria.
The Commission hopes an agreement will be reached by the EU summit in June. The group of eastern nations opposing the agreement want more time to be taken in drafting the proposal, and seeks to it to be delayed to the UN climate summit in 2015.
In light of Russia’s recent military actions in Ukraine, the European commissioner for climate action spoke on the importance of renewables in establishing energy independence and reducing national vulnerabilities. This argument was debated by the Eastern European states, who claimed that such renewable energy regulations would devastate their domestic energy markets by forcing them to abandon coal and shale gas as energy sources.