DIRECTIVE 2009/28/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 23 April 2009 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources and amending and subsequently repealing Directives 2001/77/EC and 2003/30/EC

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This document is the English version of the Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources. This Directive provides the framework in which all Member States may set their National Plans for increasing the use of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in order to meet the energy targets of the European Union.  


The achievement of the objectives of this Directive requires that the Community and Member States dedicate a significant amount of financial resources to research and development in relation to renewable energy technologies.


Regarding the building sector, Member States are obliged to introduce in their building regulations and codes appropriate measures in order to increase the share of all kinds of energy from renewable sources in this sector.


Furthermore, in establishing rules and obligations for minimum requirements for the use of energy from RES, both in new and in renovated buildings, Member States may take into account national measures relating to substantial increases in energy efficiency and relating to cogeneration and to passive, low or zero-energy buildings.



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