Regulating Renewable Energy in the European Union

Renewables are a key part of the EU 20-20-20 strategy and the EU energy and climate change policy as a whole. The European Commission adopted its Europe 20-20 strategy for a green, competitive and innovative Europe as the overarching policy framework for the Commission in the decade to come. Energy features prominently at the level of the new headline targets. The Commission is committed to ensure that its ambitious targets are achieved.

Targets for renewable energy were first introduced by the 1996 Commission Green Paper on renewable energy, in the White Paper of 1997, and in Directives 2001/77 and 2003/30. The most recent targets are set and adapted in Directive 2009/28, which establishes a common framework for the promotion of energy from renewable sources and targets for 2020. The Commission is currently working on a new strategy that clearly builds on the policies and the targets agreed upon last year in the Energy and Climate Package, but takes them one step further by setting out a clear vision for the entire economy. Moreover, the Commission is already looking towards 2050 and the role renewable energy will play in facing the challenge of decarbonising the energy and transport sectors. Under the renewables framework, mandatory national targets have been adopted for the overall share of energy from renewable sources in final energy consumption and in transport. The Commission must ensure that these national targets are effectively enforced.

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