Brussels rebuked over ‘confusing’ draft EU bioenergy rules

(EurActiv, 11 May 2021) The European Commission was sent back to the drawing board on the EU’s renewable energy directive overhaul after an internal assessment of its draft proposal concluded that it failed to analyse the potential environmental risks of increased bioenergy use.

The European Commission’s Regulatory Scrutiny Board, an in-house independent body overseeing the quality of EU legislation, sent a negative opinion on the EU executive’s draft renewable energy directive.

In the opinion, dated 19 April, the board said the Commission’s cost-benefit analysis of the directive contained “significant shortcomings”.

“The presentation of the analysis and comparison of the options is often confusing or incomplete,” the board said, adding this was the case “in particular” when it comes to “the options related to bioenergy” and their likely impact on EU member states.

“The report should clarify whether the proposed sustainability criteria for biomass and the increased use of bioenergy (especially after 2030) are aligned to the Green Deal’s ‘do no harm’ principle, in particular for air pollution,” the board said in its opinion, obtained by EURACTIV.

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