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Promoting renewable energy sources in the EU after 2020 [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Alex Benjamin Wilson (4th edition, updated on 16.03.2018),

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In November 2016, the European Commission launched the Clean Energy package, including a recast of the Directive on the promotion of renewable energy sources (‘RES Directive’), in order to greatly increase the share of RES in final energy consumption by 2030. The recast RES Directive would provide guiding principles on financial support schemes for RES, renewable energy self-consumption, energy communities and district heating. It would enhance mechanisms for cross-border cooperation, simplify administrative processes, strengthen the sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions-savings criteria for biofuels, and mainstream the use of RES in the transport sector and in the heating and cooling sector.

Trilogue negotiations started in February 2018 and concluded with a provisional agreement on 14 June 2018. The agreed text was subsequently endorsed by Coreper and the ITRE committee. The agreed text now requires formal approval in a plenary session of the Parliament and afterwards by the Council

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and the Council on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources (recast)
Committee responsible:


Shadow rapporteurs:




Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE)

José Blanco López (S&D, Spain)

Seán Kelly (EPP, Ireland)
Hans-Olaf Henkel (ECR, Germany)
Fredrick Federley (ALDE, Sweden)
Paloma López Bermejo (GUE/NGL, Spain)
Claude Turmes (Greens/EFA, Luxembourg)
Dario Tamburrano (EFDD, Italy)

COM(2016) 767 of 30.11.2016

procedure ref.: 2016/0382 (COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure (COD) (Parliament and Council on equal footing – formerly ‘co-decision’)

Next steps expected: Final first-reading vote in plenary

Stage: approved in Plenary 10 steps

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