European Renewables Group Seeks Tight Policy

From: Wood Bioenergy Editors The European renewables industry has weighed in on a call from the European Commission for input on an EU policy for sustainable bioenergy from 2020 to 2030. The Commission earlier announced it will present an improved EU policy for sustainable bioenergy for the period after 2020, as part of the revision […]

From: Wood Bioenergy Editors

The European renewables industry has weighed in on a call from the European Commission for input on an EU policy for sustainable bioenergy from 2020 to 2030.

The Commission earlier announced it will present an improved EU policy for sustainable bioenergy for the period after 2020, as part of the revision of the renewable energy directive due by the end of 2016. This relates to the EU’s climate and energy targets for 2030, including cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 40% compared to 2005, improving energy efficiency by at least 27% and increasing the share of renewable energy to at least a 27% in overall energy consumption.

Elements of the European renewables industry have collectively presented 10 priorities while stating that the European Commission should propose an ambitious post-2020 renewable energy package that fosters a vibrant home market with clear growth perspectives.

The renewables consortium expressed concern that investment in renewable energy assets in the EU dropped by 18% in 2015. However, it noted that the recent Paris climate treaty signed by 195 governments provides a clear signal that high-carbon assets are not viable and that transition toward a renewable-based economy should be accelerated. “The EU has played a key role in brokering the Paris deal. Yet it needs to translate its climate leadership into domestic policy,” the renewables consortium said.

The renewables consortium is calling for increased binding measures in legislation and regulation to ensure predictability for producers and investors. It says the Commission should propose ambitious mechanisms that protect and incentivise Member States to pledge higher than 27% renewable. It says the Commission should offer a uniform template for climate and energy plans to ensure consistency and comparability among Member States. European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) is one of the signatories on the proposal, as are wind and solar representatives.

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