According to Solar Daily, the target was previously set to 32% and is part of the EU's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030.

These targets should help us achieve net zero emissions in Europe by mid-century.

Additionally, energy ministers also agreed to reduce the total energy consumption in the EU bloc by at least 9% by the end of the decade compared to 2020 levels.

The agreement will now be negotiated with the European Parliament to officially confirm the new targets.

The push towards a higher share of renewables is also meant to ensure Europe becomes more energy-independent.

In 2020, the EU managed to record a 22.1% share of its total energy consumption from renewable sources, 2% better than its initial target.