European Renewable Legislation


Directive 2009/28/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23  April 2009 on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources and amending and subsequently repealing Directives 2001/77/EC and  2003/30/EC.

The opportunities for establishing economic growth through innovation and a sustainable competitive energy policy have been recognised. Production of energy from renewable sources often depends on local or regional small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The opportunities for growth and employment that investment in regional and local production of energy from renewable sources bring about in the Member States and their regions are important. The Commission and the Member States should therefore support national and regional development measures in those areas, encourage the exchange of best practices in production of energy from renewable sources between local and regional development initiatives and promote the use of structural funding in this area.

Directive to reduce indirect land use change for biofuels and bioliquids ((EU)2015/1513).

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Individual EU countries have different available resources and their own unique energy markets. This means that they will have to follow distinctive paths when it comes to meeting their obligations under the Renewable Energy Directive, including their legally binding 2020 targets. In their national action plans, they explain how they intend to do this. The plans cover:

  • individual renewable energy targets for the electricity, heating and cooling, and transport sectors
  • the planned mix of different renewables technologies
  • policy measures to achieve national targets including cooperation between local, regional, and national authorities
  • any planned statistical transfers and/or joint projects with other countries
  • national policies to develop biomass resources
  • measures to ensure that biofuels used to meet renewable energy targets are in compliance with the EU’s sustainability criteria More  

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