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EU RENEWABLE ENERGY

EU climate and energy policies drive demand for innovative renewable energy technologies, products, and services that will help EU Members States achieve their ambitious climate change and energy objectives.

EU RENEWABLE ENERGY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY LEGISLATION

In February 2015, the European Commission updated its energy strategy with new targets for 2030. The baseline for this was the “Europe 20-20-20” strategy of 2009, which proposed the following targets:

  • Reducing CO2 emissions by 20% from 1990 levels;
  • Increasing renewable energy consumption by 20%;
  • Improving energy efficiency savings by 20%.

February 2015 also saw the introduction of the Energy Union initiative (A Framework Strategy for a Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy), which acknowledges the strong role that access to a diverse energy portfolio plays in economic and social development and confirms the Commission`s commitment to provide citizens and businesses with uninterrupted access to affordable and sustainable energy resources. Some of the key challenges of EU energy policy include: tackling climate change, ensuring security of supply, reducing import dependence, lowering energy cost and contributing to Europe’s industrial innovation and technological leadership.

EU 2020 GOALS

In 2007, the European Council launched the so-called “Europe 20-20-20” strategy, which proposed three goals:

  • CO2 emissions by 20% from 1990 levels;
  • renewable energy consumption by 20%
  • energy efficiency savings by 20%.

For more, go to DG ENERGY website

Renewable Energy Directive (RED)

RED: The Renewable Energy Directive (“RED” 2009/28/EC), approved in April 2009, provides the framework for the promotion of energy from renewable sources. The RED sets out clear renewable energy targets to be achieved by each EU Member State by 2020.

DATABASE: The EC has developed a database on its website, which provides information on national legislation related to support schemes, grid issues, national action plans and policies for energy derived from renewable sources covering all three energy sectors (electricity, heating & cooling and transport).

PORTAL: The EU Energy Portal contains information on prices, market trends and industry reports listed for all EU member States.

Energy Efficiency Directive (EED)

The 2012 Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU) is a framework Directive which provides common measures for the promotion of energy efficiency in order to achieve the 2020 targets mentioned above and pave the way for further energy efficiency improvements beyond 2020.

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)

The revised EPBD (2010/31/EU), adopted in 2010, serves as one of the EU’s more important pieces of green legislation developed to help meet 20-20-20 targets.

EU Hydrocarbon Directive

The EU Hydrocarbon Directive outlines rules for conditions for granting authorization for prospection, exploration and production and extraction of unconventional fossil fuels.

In January 2014, the EC published additional guidance on shale gas in the EU: for the EC Recommendation on minimum environmental safeguards and principles for fracking technologies, click here.

EU RESEARCH

Horizon 2020: The EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation 2014-2020

With Horizon 2020, the EU supports research and technological development in a wide range of RES sectors. Additional priorities in the Horizon 2020 program include excellent science (which includes future and emerging technologies), industrial leadership and societal challenges (which includes RES and energy efficiency).

EU SET-Plan

The Strategic Energy Technology Plan intends to finance demonstration projects in the following sectors: wind, solar, electricity networks, Carbon Capture Storage, nuclear, bioenergy, fuel cells and hydrogen, and energy efficiency.

NER300

The NER300 program also finances demonstration projects with the aim of developing 12 Carbon Capture and Storage operational plants by 2015.

Contact the U.S. Commercial Service

Please visit the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency U.S. Exporter Portal

If you have additional questions, please send an email to the following address: Office.BrusselsEC@trade.gov and reference "Renewables" in the subject line.


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