Review of the Renewable Energy Directive

EESC opinion: Review of the Renewable Energy Directive

Key points

  • The EESC welcomes the increase in the targeted share of renewable energy and is pleased to note that these targets focus on the industrial, transport and housing sectors. However, it is disappointed at the Commission’s lack of ambition when it comes to promoting and developing individual and community-based prosumerism, contrary to what was provided for in the Energy Union Communication.
  • The Committee also regrets the lack of a clear strategy for developing onshore wind power and photovoltaics, along the lines of the Commission's recent strategy for offshore wind power.
  • A strategy for decentralisation and the effective promotion of community energy would help strengthen regional value chains and increase public acceptance of the energy transition.