|Title||EU Clean Energy Package – boosting bioenergy's goals|
|Date||2018-02-23 AM 10:29:41||Hit||202|
Over the last year, bioenergy has been a central topic at EU-level as stakeholders and institutions joined hands (and occasionally shook fists) to set the framework for the EU’s energy policy until 2030.
Since the publication of the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package in late 2016, the debates and negotiations have been incessant. As some of the key files for the sector finally reach maturity, they will progress to the next stage of interinstitutional negotiation, also known as trialogues, which will likely keep policymakers busy for the better part of 2018.
The recast of the renewable energy directive has certainly received the biggest share of media attention, especially the articles concerning its general framework. Discussions on the targets for 2030 remain unresolved as the schism between the ambitions of the European Parliament’s (EP) initial 35% renewable energy target clashes with the more conservative member states’ proposal of 27%. However, to the general public, the binding EU-level target remains visibly weaker than that of the previous decade, which was binding at member state level and, as such, far easier to enforce. The target should be at least 35%.
The renewable energy directive also includes the first-ever provision setting targets for renewable heating and cooling (RES-H&C), opening a debate on a previously neglected topic. The lack of ambition shown by EU Institutions is regrettable: the European Commission’s original proposal of increasing the share of RES-H&C by 1 percentage point per year falls short.
Proposals to increase this figure have been tabled, but without any suggestion that such measures may ever become binding. This could become a missed opportunity, considering that nearly half of the EU’s energy use is consumed by this sector. This is also the sector to which biomass contributes most, with bioheat representing 89% of all RES-H&C in the EU-28 in 2015 and 16% of total EU gross final heat consumption for the same year.
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