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Report: Renewable Energy Sources in Europe in View of the EU 20-20-20 Target and Directive 2009/28/EC

SETatWork Presentation by: Peter Luby, ECB Bratislava

Directive on the EUR-Lex website | Summary of the Directive on the Europa website

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In March 2007 European leaders signed up to a binding EU-wide target to source: 20% of European energy needs from renewables, by 2020.

To meet this objective,"Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources" was issued by European Parliament in April 2009 stipulating above mentioned target legally.

This Directive, which came into force on 25 June 2009, establishes a common framework for the use of energy from renewable sources in order to limit greenhouse gas emissions and to promote cleaner transport. To this end, national action plans are defined, as are procedures for the use of biofuels.

Each Member State has a target calculated according to the share of energy from renewable sources in its gross final consumption for 2020. This target is in line with the overall '20-20-20' goal for the Community.

Moreover, the share of energy from renewable sources in the transport sector must amount to at least 10 % of final energy consumption in the sector by 2020.

The Member States are to establish national action plans which set the share of energy from renewable sources consumed in transport, as well as in the production of electricity and heating, for 2020. These action plans must take into account the effects of other energy efficiency measures on final energy consumption (the higher the reduction in energy consumption, the less energy from renewable sources will be required to meet the target). These plans will also establish procedures for the reform of planning and pricing schemes and access to electricity networks, promoting energy from renewable sources.

The Directive takes into account energy from biofuels and bioliquids. The latter should contribute to a reduction of at least 35 % of greenhouse gas emissions in order to be taken into account. From 1 January 2017, their share in emissions savings should be increased to 50 %.

Biofuels and bioliquids are produced using raw materials coming from outside or within the Community. Biofuels and bioliquids should not be produced using raw materials from land with high biodiversity value or with high carbon stock. To benefit from financial support, they must be qualified as "sustainable" in accordance with the criteria of this Directive.

The Directive is part of a package of energy and climate change legislation which provides a legislative framework for Community targets for greenhouse gas emission savings. It encourages energy efficiency, energy consumption from renewable sources, the improvement of energy supply and the economic stimulation of a dynamic sector in which Europe is setting an example.

To reach this goal, individual targets were set for individual countries for each member state, for example: Sweden 49%, Portugal 31%, Denmark 30%, Italy 17%, Bulgaria 16%, Poland 15%, Slovak Republic 14%, Czech Republic 13%, Germany 13%, etc.

Historical Milestones were as follows:

Good Practice Examples of some remarkable European projects in Renewable Energy Generation are as follows:


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