EU to target industry, transport in renewable energy rules

(EurActiv, 27 May 2021) An upcoming overhaul of European Union renewable energy regulations will include measures targeting transport and industry, where the use of emissions-free energy sources are lagging, the bloc’s energy policy chief said on Wednesday (26 May).

The European Commission is preparing to unveil 12 climate change policies in July, all designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions faster. A revamp of the EU’s renewable energy regulations is among them.

EU energy commissioner Kadri Simson said the revamp will promote power purchase agreements for renewable energy and target sectors like transport and industry, which have been slow to take up sources like wind, solar or bioenergy.

“The pace of renewables uptake is not where it should be, so we are looking at setting an indicative target for renewables in this sector,” Simson said of industry, which is not currently covered by EU renewable energy policies. An indicative target would likely not be binding.

Speaking to European Parliament’s industry committee, Simson said other proposals could include labels for industrial products made using renewables. An example of that could be steel produced in furnaces powered by renewable electricity.

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