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EU to world: Don’t depend solely on China to hit renewable goals

(EurActiv, 18 Apr 2024) The world should ensure diverse supply chains and implement a framework to track the progress made towards tripling global renewable capacity by 2030, the EU’s Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (17 April).

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) brings together the nations of the world to Abu Dhabi for a yearly two-day jamboree of deal-making, technical exchanges, and planning.

The EU had two key messages for the representatives in attendance, conveyed by Simson: The global COP28 pledge to triple renewables to 11,000 GW of capacity until 2030 needs a more rigorous governance framework, and depending on a single supplier, read China, would be “very dangerous.”

In 2023, global renewables installations fell significantly short of the annual target of 1,043 GW, reaching just 473 GW, according to IRENA. 

“We propose that there should be a monitoring framework that allows us to follow what is happening,” Simson explained in Abu Dhabi. The idea will be formally tabled at COP29 in Baku, and Simson added that the framework could potentially sit with IRENA and the IEA (International Energy Agency). 

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