EU Renewable Energy Directive


In 2008, the EU has committed to reach a 20% renewable energy share by 2020. The EU Renewable Energy Directive has set national legally binding targets for each Member State as well as provisions and measures to reach this ambitious objective. In end 2014, EU institutions started to discuss about the post 2020 period. The Commission Communication and the European Council conclusions on the 2030 EU climate and energy framework have set the scene for the future development of renewables in Europe: by 2030, the EU would reach a 27% EU renewable energy target without national legally binding targets anymore. This framework is still to be confirmed by end of 2016.

The role of biomass

According to Member States projections provided in their National Renewable Energy Action Plans, biomass is expected to contribute to more than half of the EU 2020 20% renewable energy target. This important role is expected to remain according to 2030 and 2050 projections. Biomass is an essential renewable energy source to reach EU long term decarbonisation objectives.

Our position

AEBIOM is of the views that the 27% renewable energy objective is a minimum. The EU RES sector can deliver much more than the 27% RES target agreed by Member States. Therefore, this target should be a minimum and Member States should be encouraged to deliver more. With this aim, the new Renewable Energy Directive should improve existing measures or instore new measures to accelerate the development of renewable energy source in Europe. In addition, since Member States will not be subject to a national target anymore, a robust monitoring and reporting system is needed to make sure that the EU minimum 27% is reached.

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