U.K.’S OPPOSITION TO EU GREEN ENERGY TARGETS COULD COST JOBS
A leaked report from the European Commission revealed that the United Kingdom’s opposition to new EU targets for green energy could mean the loss of over half a million jobs over the next two decades. Along with Czech Republic, the U.K. has opposed setting a renewable energy goal for 2030. Both nations want individual countries to be required to meet greenhouse gas emission levels instead. According to Energy and Climate Secretary Ed Davey, the EU should promote a “technology neutral” approach to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. The leaked report, however, showed that implementing renewable energy and energy efficiency targets—in addition to a greenhouse gas emissions goal—could have economic benefits, as it would create around 568,000 more jobs throughout Europe by 2030 than an emissions goal alone. For the full story, see http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/02/uk-eu-renewables-targets.