EU should not set target for share of renewables - PM Sobotka


19.03.2014 10:10

Prague - The Czech Republic is against the introduction of a common binding target for the share of renewable energy sources by the European Union, Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said at a meeting of the lower houses's European committee today.


Větrná elektrárna - ilustrační foto. ČTK/AP

If the EU sets the target, the Czech Republic will demand that member states can chose the pace of achieving it, Sobotka said.

Electricity from renewable sources accounts for about 12 percent of all electricity produced in the Czech Republic. A growth of the share to 27 percent by 2030, as proposed by the EU, seems to be too big, according to Sobotka.

On the other hand, the target of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 35-40 percent would be acceptable for the Czech Republic, Sobotka said.

He also mentioned the possibility of adding up the shares of renewable sources on electricity production in the individual EU members states with regard to the fact that natural conditions for introducing renewables are better in some countries.

Sobotka pointed out the paradox that Germany is seeking to introduce the target for renewables, but some municipalities in Saxony in east Germany protest against the construction of a wind farm on the Czech side of the border, arguing it would harm tourism.

The Czech Republic also insists on the possibility for EU member states to set their own energy mix.

"We will protect our sovereignty. We want to decide about the share of nuclear energy in the Czech Republic," Sobotka added.

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