After leaked documents revealing renewable energy will no longer be a top priority in the EU’s new winter package, major corporations including Google, Unilever and IKEA have backed a call for improvements to the forthcoming package. The European Commission should improve its upcoming piece of energy legislation, giving priority to renewable energies, a group of big corporations insisted ahead of the publication of the “clean energy for all” legislative proposals, expected on 30 November. The leaked proposal, published by EurActiv.fr, includes plans to push European consumers themselves to become the energy producers of the future. In a report carried out by the think tank E3G, theRE100 initiative backed by private companies called for EU energy policy to help businesses go 100% renewable. Made up of businesses that aim to increase demand for renewable energy and accelerate the global consumer-led energy transition, the RE100 initiative was launched in 2014 at the UN climate summit in New York. It started as a group of 13 international privates companies committed to reaching a 100% renewable energy target. Since then, the coalition has grown to 83 companies, including, BT, Google, IKEA, Nestle, Royal DSM and Unilever, all of which have operations in Europe.
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