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European Commission: Proposal for a revised Renewable Energy Directive

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Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (recast) - COM(2016) 767 final



This European Commission proposal for a revised Renewable Energy Directive is part of EC's new Clean Energy package, which was released on 30 November 2016.


The proposal lays down the principles according to which Member States can collectively and continuously ensure that the share of renewable energy in the EU final energy consumption reaches at least 27% by 2030 in a cost-effective manner across the three sectors of electricity, heating and cooling, and transport, taking into account the following specific objectives:


  • address investment uncertainty, along a path that takes account of medium and long term decarbonisation objectives;
  • ensure cost-effective deployment and market integration of renewable electricity;
  • ensure collective attainment of the EU-wide target for renewable energy in 2030, establishing a policy framework in coordination with the Energy Union Governance that avoids any potential gap;
  • developing the decarbonisation potential of advanced biofuels and clarify role of food-based biofuels post 2020;
  • develop renewable energy potential in the heating and cooling sector

Therefore, the measures included in the proposal aim to tackle, in a proportionate way, the existing issues hampering renewable energy deployment, such as investor uncertainty administrative hurdles, the need to improve cost-effectiveness of renewables deployment, the need to update the policy framework and the risk of loss of citizen-buy in during the transition towards 2030.


For the heating and cooling sector, the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Energy Performance for Buildings Directive (EPBD) aim, respectively, at facilitating the achievement of the energy efficiency target and at enhancing the energy performance of buildings. The provisions on heating and cooling in the proposed EED and EPBD will complement Member States endeavours to facilitate the penetration of renewable energy in this sector under the twin action of the provisions contained in this proposal and the Governance Regulation. This will preserve as much flexibility as possible to reflect national differences of such systems in place while ensuring the necessary contribution for the achievement of the overall 2030 target.



For further information or to download the document, please visit the relevant European Commission webpages at the links below.