The 2030 climate and energy targets recently proposed by the European Commission, the crisis in Ukraine, as well as the upcoming international climate negotiations require from the European Union and its Member States a concerted and firm action to increase the share of renewables in the energy mix and to progressively move away from fossil fuels.
Given this context, the Sustainable Development Observatory (SDO) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) decided to conduct a study on the implementation of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) in six Member States. The aim was to assess the existence of conditions for the production of decentralized renewable energy by civil society and local communities.
Decentralized renewable energy generation by small producers brings about a number of benefits, from a faster transition to a low-carbon economy, increased acceptance among citizens and social innovation, to stimulating growth and regional development.
EESC aim to push for appropriate conditions conducive to a more active role for civil society and small producers in the generation of renewable energy: with regard to that, on 17 September the Committee will organise in Brussels a conference to present the report's political messages to EU institutions and stakeholders.
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