Proposal for a Directive amending Directive (EU) 2018/2001, Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 and Directive 98/70/EC as regards the promotion of energy from renewable sources, and repealing Council Directive (EU) 2015/652

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Series Details COM (2021) 557
Publication Date 14/07/2021
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Legislative initiative tabled by the European Commission on 14 July 2021, introducing amendments to Directive (EU) 2018/2001, Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 and Directive 98/70/EC as regards the promotion of energy from renewable sources. It also aims to repeal Council Directive (EU) 2015/652.

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Directive (EU) 2018/2001 - also known as the Renewable Energy Directive (REDII) - establishes a common system to promote energy from renewable sources across the different sectors. Regulation (EU) 2018/1999 ensures the implementation of the Energy Union strategy in a coordinated and coherent manner. Directive 98/70/EC sets EU-wide standards for petrol and diesel used in cars, trucks and other off-road vehicles. Council Directive (EU) 2015/652 lays down calculation methods and reporting requirements pursuant to Directive 98/70/EC.

The amendments aim to introduce an increased target to produce 40% of energy from renewable sources by 2030. All Member States of the European Union (EU) are to contribute to this objective, and specific targets are proposed for renewable energy use in transport, heating and cooling, buildings and industry. Sustainability criteria for the use of bioenergy are also strengthened. The update reflects the increased ambition as stated within the European Green Deal.

The draft law was unveiled by the European Commission on 14 July 2021, as part of the so-called Fit for 55 legislative package.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=COM:2021:557:FIN
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Commentary and Analysis
EurActiv: Opinion, 08/07/2021: Why the European Green Deal needs a 45% renewables target by 2030 https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy/opinion/why-the-european-green-deal-needs-a-45-renewables-target-by-2030/
Transport&Environment: Press Release, 14/07/2021: Fit for 55 ‘fails’ to right wrongs of EU’s disastrous biofuels policy https://www.transportenvironment.org/press/fit-55-%E2%80%98fails%E2%80%99-right-wrongs-eu%E2%80%99s-disastrous-biofuels-policy

News
Politico, 02/07/2021: Red tape casts a cloud over the EU’s solar expansion plans https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-solar-expansion-bureaucracy/
EurActiv, 15/07/2021: EU unveils plan to increase renewables share in energy mix to 40% by 2030 https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/eu-unveils-plan-to-increase-renewables-share-in-energy-mix-to-40-by-2030/

Official
EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)620: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Subsidiarity Grid https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2021:620:FIN
EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)621: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Impact Assessment Report https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2021:621:FIN
EUR-LEX: SWD(2021)622: Staff Working Document accompanying the Proposal - Executive Summary of the Impact Assessment Report https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=SWD:2021:622:FIN
European Commission: Renewable energy directive https://ec.europa.eu/energy/topics/renewable-energy/directive-targets-and-rules/renewable-energy-directive_en
European Commission: Press Release, 14/07/2021: European Green Deal: Commission proposes transformation of EU economy and society to meet climate ambitions https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_3541
European Commission: News, 14/07/2021: Commission presents Renewable Energy Directive revision https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/commission-presents-renewable-energy-directive-revision-2021-jul-14_en

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