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Denmark to challenge 'UK-driven' EU climate & energy goals

The Danish climate and energy minister says his government is readying to challenge the goals announced by the European Commission last week ahead of the EU Leaders Summit in March, PennEnergy has reported.

Minister Martin Lidegaard told EurActive website that he felt the compromise of having no binding renewable target was too much.

EurActiv understands that Denmark is also likely to seek stronger language on energy efficiency targets - which the package only mentioned in the vaguest terms – ahead of an EU leaders’ summit in March.

The UK won an opt-out of binding renewables targets at national level in the package. But this was merely “the suggestion of a compromise, and it will of course have to be negotiated in the weeks and months to come,” Mr Lidegaard said.

Britain is seen to be the main reason that a binding renewable target was dropped. “If there’s one person to blame for the lack of a renewables target, it is [UK Prime Minister] David Cameron,” a senior source in energy intensive industry commented to Euractiv. “If he’d said the UK wanted a renewables target the balance of power might have shifted.”

Britain argued, up until this point, that energy is a recognised national competence and that binding renewable targets could interfere with its plans to lower emissions with shale gas, nuclear energy and carbon capture and storage programmes.

However the green fringe is sceptical about whether the UK’s direction will enable it to successfully decarbonise, and the same is felt about the other countries such as Spain and Poland who also support the position.

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