Are renewable energy targets useful? Analysts dispute new study questioning their value

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new study from the University of Queensland says that setting renewable energy targets can undermine sustainability efforts by causing decision-makers to lose sight of trade-offs when evaluating policy actions and to overlook the fundamental reasons for the targets.

The research, which was published in Nature Climate Change, concludes that more nuanced approaches than renewable energy targets are more effective, particularly those that focus on qualitative objectives.     

Paul Komor, with the University of Colorado Boulder’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, disagreed with the study’s principal findings, saying targets have led to large increases in renewable energy implementation. 

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