SOFIA — Europe’s coal countries are going to get burned again.
Four years ago Central Europeans were dragged kicking and screaming to make promises to boost renewable energy and energy efficiency, and now they stand to lose again as the EU moves to make those standards even tougher.
The battle lines are familiar. The European Parliament, egged on by greener Northern European countries, wants to significantly boost 2030 targets for the amount of energy that has to come from renewables and how much countries should do to boost energy efficiency.
But poorer and often coal-dependent countries, many from Central Europe, feel they’re already endangering their economies by agreeing to the existing targets, and aren’t keen to go any further.
The stakes are huge as the Commission, Parliament and member countries haggle this year over the Commission’s Clean Energy Package.