EU calls for less red tape for use of renewables

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Wind turbines are silhouetted against the morning sky in Maerkisch-Oderlan, Treplin, Germany, April 2, 2016.

MEPS call for broader, easier and long-term supported use of renewables


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Members of the European Parliament have called for broader, easier and long-term supported use of renewables. In their vote on a draft resolution assessing the progress of renewables in the EU, MEPs asked the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) to integrate “prosumers” in the energy market, reduce the administrative barriers to new self-generation capacity and simplify authorisation procedures.

Moreover, MEPS said the use of electric vehicles fed by renewable electricity and the renewable use in heating and cooling should be promoted more, according to an e-mailed ITRE press release on May 24.

“The target of 10% renewables by 2020 in the transport sector is significantly lagging behind, partly due to the challenges for a biofuel-based renewable strategy for transport,” said MEPs, calling on the European Commission to develop a framework for the promotion of the use of electric vehicles fed by renewable electricity.

MEPs highlighted the lack of progress and low targets set for renewable use in heating and cooling, in particular in buildings and called on the Commission to bridge regulatory gaps in the post-2020 renewables legislative package.

The renewables should be assessed on their competitiveness, sustainability, cost-effectiveness and contribution to geopolitical stability and climate change goals, MEPs said.

They stressed the importance of stable and cost-effective renewable support schemes and regretting retroactive changes of renewable support schemes that alter the return on already made investments.

The European Commission should provide Member States with further incentives, information, cost benefit analysis and guidance as regards their enhanced cooperation, MEPs said.

They called for a strong, robust and transparent governance system to be established to ensure the implementation of the 2030 renewable energy target with due respect for national competences to determine the energy mix.

Meanwhile, with 41 to 6 and 3 abstentions MEPs in ITRE gave their broad support for a Commission’s legislative proposal that would lead to transforming the voluntary collection into an obligation for household consumption, and collecting comparable data among Member States and from one year to another, the ITRE said in a separate press release.

 

 

 

 

 

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