EU Commission publishes post-2020 strategy

The European Commission’s communication on renewable energy examines the current 2020 framework for the development of the sector and outlines policy options for the post-2020 phase. The communication acknowledges that long-term policy clarity is a prerequisite for ensuring the necessary level of investment, but it remains vague with regard to a post-2020 framework.

As reasons to favour legally binding renewable energy targets for 2030, the commission names that strong growth of the renewables to 2030 could generate over 3 million jobs. Furthermore it would result in a net GDP growth by 0.36 to 0.40 % by 2030 and the EU economy could save in 2050 between € 518 and 550 billion on EU expenditure for fossil fuel imports.

Therefore Stéphane Bourgeois, Head of Regulatory Affairs of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) in Brussels, said: "European Ministers must turn this message into action and back a renewable energy target for 2030, as supported by the Strategy's Impact Assessment.”

The European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) regrets its lack of ambition when it comes to a 2030 agenda. Renewable energy growth will slump after 2020 if a post-2020 policy framework is not developed, EREC warns. EREC and its members are calling for a binding target of 45 % renewables for 2030.

Similar Entries

Episode 1: ‘Understanding Hydropower’ (pict. SSE plc.)

SSE Renewables has released two video tours designed to give an insight into the world of hydropower, at a time when access to their operational estate is restricted by ongoing coronavirus precautions.

Assela Wind Farm (pict. Siemens Gamesa)

Siemens Gamesa has signed its first wind power project in Ethiopia with state-owned electricity company Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP), strengthening its leadership in Africa as the country begins to expand its green energy capacity to meet ambitious renewable targets.

Lukoil has energized its second solar park in Russia’s southern Volgograd region (pict. Lukoil)

Lukoil, one of the largest publicly traded, vertically integrated oil and gas companies in the world, has energized its second solar park in Russia’s southern Volgograd region. The 20 MW project was built at the territory of company’s oil refinery unused for its core operations.

Integrated-Solar-Bickleigh (pict. ViridianSolar)

Viridian Solar announces today that leading UK roofing systems manufacturer, Marley has acquired 100% of the share capital of its business. The move provides the foundation for further growth for the roof-integrated solar specialist as it prepares for rapid growth driven by changes to building regulations and its expansion into international markets.