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

Written by Alex Benjamin Wilson (3rd edition),

Updated on 16.03.2018

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On 30 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 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. The recast RES Directive would provide guiding principles on financial support schemes for RES, renewable energy self-consumption, renewable energy communities, and district heating and cooling systems. It would enhance mechanisms for cross-border cooperation, simplify administrative processes, strengthen 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. Council adopted its general approach in December 2017, while Parliament adopted its position in plenary in January 2018. Interinstitutional trilogue negotiations have now started.

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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: Trilogue negotiations

Stage: Trilogue

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