Commission official: EU should re-examine renewable energy rules

(EurActiv, 2 Dec 2019) The recently updated Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) has drawn much criticism and it would be good for the European Commission to look at it again, a high-ranking official in the EU executive has admitted.

“I think that probably the Commission will do good to look at it, again, whether this is going to lead to a new proposal, or whatsoever,” Artur Runge-Metzger, director of the Commission’s Climate Action directorate, said at a EURACTIV event last week.

“I hear so much criticism around,” he added.

As part of the ‘Clean Energy for All Europeans’ package, EU member states revised the Renewable Energy Directive in an effort to both boost the use of renewables and help the bloc meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement.

Particularly, the EU decided to set a 14% target for renewables in transport.

Currently, EU countries are tweaking their draft National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs), which will set the precise mixture of renewable energies for the coming decade. The deadline to submit their finalised plans is by the end of the year.

However, Farm Europe, a think tank specialising in agricultural topics, recently published a study, suggesting that the current draft plans risk being ineffective due to the lack of calculation method for the cost-effectiveness of the proposals.

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