RED II – Going beyond RED I’s achievements

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In December 2018, the revised version of the European Renewable Energy Directive was agreed and published. This article summarises the aspects of the new Directive which affect the sectors of the Bioeconomy.

In 2009 the European Commission released its Renewable Energy Directive (RED) laying out the legally-binding shares of renewable energy European Member States should incorporate in their energy budget for the 2009-2020 period. In 2020, 20% of the energy consumed in the EU came from renewable sources, therefore successfully meeting the target set out by the RED I framework. Building upon this impressive achievement, the Union agreed on a revised version of the RED (RED II) to set out the approaches and aspirations for the period from 2021 to 2030 to build on the momentum achieved to date. RED II has now raised the aspiration to deliver 32% of the EU’s final energy demand from sustainable renewable energy resources by 2030.

Building on the lessons learnt over the past decade, RED II is not only raising the bar on key targets already introduced by RED I, it is also solidifying the foundations of the framework by making sure that all of those involved share a similar knowledge of what is at stake, and by securing the funds needed to make sure the EU reaches its goal by 2030.

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This article was written by Thea Allary, Research Analyst at NNFCC.

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