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

Written by Alex Benjamin Wilson (2nd edition),

Renewable Energy - Sunlight with solar panel. Wind with wind turbines. Water with dam for hydropower

© Alberto Masnovo / Fotolia

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission launched the Clean Energy package, which included a recast of the Directive on the promotion of renewable energy sources (‘RES Directive’). This would drive progress in meeting the goals of the 2030 EU Climate and Energy Framework, in particular the binding target of a 27 % EU share of RES in final energy consumption by 2030 set by the European Council in October 2014.

The recast RES directive provides guiding principles on future financial support schemes for RES, renewable energy self-consumption, renewable energy communities, and district heating and cooling systems. The directive enhances mechanisms for cross-border cooperation, simplifies administrative processes, strengthens the sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions savings criteria for biofuels, and outlines measures to mainstream the use of RES in the transport and heating and cooling sector. The RES directive has been debated twice in the Council. In the Parliament, a draft report has been published and amendments tabled. A vote in the ITRE committee is scheduled for the end of November 2017.

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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

Claude Turmes (Greens/EFA, Luxembourg)

Nicolas Bay (ENF, France)

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: Vote in ITRE committee

Stage: Committee vote

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