European Parliamentary Research Service Blog

 The use of renewable energy has many potential benefits, including contributing to CO2 emissions reduction and decreasing dependency on fossil fuels and energy imports. The Renewable Energy Directive, adopted in 2009, sets binding targets to achieve a 20% share of renewable energy in gross final energy consumption by 2020. To reach this target, every EU Member State has to implement a national renewable action plan (NREAP) and also seek to increase financing of renewables. The legal framework for renewable energies will expire after 2020. Even though it is expected that the overall share of renewable energy will exceed the 20% target, there are concerns that the growth will halt without a suitable framework beyond 2020. 

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Following on from the wider long-term policy visions in the Energy Roadmap 2050, the Commission published its communication on renewable energy beyond 2020…

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