Aiming at higher emission reductions, the revised Renewable Energy Directive sets a binding renewable energy target of at least 32% for 2030. However, to keep pace with the European Green Deal, the REDII requires further adjustments.

As part of the Clean Energy for All Europeans package, the Renewable Energy Directive has been revised in 2018. The REDII thus sets a new binding renewable energy target of at least 32% for 2030.

Our position paper on the “RENEWABLE ENERGY DIRECTIVE IMPLEMENTATION AND DELEGATED ACTS (2018/2001/EU)” provides a number of recommendations in order to integrate better the REDII in the European legislative framework and therefore leading to more effective implementation of its requirements, ensuring more chances to reach EU’s global environmental targets.

It goes without saying that when aiming at emissions reduction, clean energies have an important role to play. To this approach, it’s important to incentivise the uptake of clean fuels such as renewable liquid and gaseous transport fuels of non-biological origin (RFNBOs) and recycled carbon fuels (RCFs).

For instance, RFNBOs and RCFs should be attributed to a sub-target or minimum contribution to the share of renewable energy in the transport sector – just like biofuels do – which would greatly boost their market uptake.

The overall renewable energy target could also be increased in order to further encourage the uptake of all clean fuels in the transport sector. This would send a clear message to the industry that the demand for these fuels will be there, allowing the industry to make further investments.

By the same token, the use of RFNBOs and RCFs in sectors other than just transport, e.g. power, heat, chemical, and other industry sectors, should be recognised. Indeed, when the criteria are met, these fuels should be considered renewable in these sectors.

Only when the benefits of the fuels are recognised in all sectors, it can be assured that fuels will be used in cases where they are most needed.

Find out more by downloading ETE’s position paper.

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