The European Parliament's environment committee on Monday proposed a higher 2030 renewable energy target for the EU of 35%.

According to the environment Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) at least 35% of the EU's energy consumption by 2030 should be met with renewable sources such as solar and wind.

The MEPs also proposed to completely phase-out crop-based biofuels by 2030, with an earlier end, from 2021, for those made from palm oil. The EC had proposed lowering the cap on crop-based biofuels from 7% to 3.8% by 2030.

The European renewable ethanol association (ePURE) said the committee has taken a bad proposal from the Commission and made it worse. The organisation said MEPs are banning European crop-based biofuels a few years after promoting them.

Article by Renewables Now: Environment MEPs propose 35% EU renewables target by 2030