EU targets industry and transport in renewable energy rules, says Commission
An upcoming review of the European Union’s renewable energy regulations will include measures targeting transport and industry, where the use of emission-free energy sources is lagging behind, the head of the EU said on Wednesday. EU energy policy.
The European Commission is set to unveil 12 climate change policies in July, all designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions faster. An overhaul of European regulations on renewable energies is one of them.
EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said the overhaul would promote power purchase agreements for renewables and target sectors that have been slow to capture sources like wind power, solar or bioenergy – such as transport and industry.
“The pace of renewable energy adoption is not where it should be, so we are looking to set an indicative target for renewables in this sector,” Simson said of the industry, which does not is currently not covered by EU renewable energy policies. An indicative target would probably not be binding.
Speaking to the European Parliament’s Industry Committee, Simson said other proposals could include labels for industrial products made from renewable energy. An example of this could be steel produced in furnaces powered by renewable electricity.
The EU is on track to get around 33% of its energy from renewables by 2030, against a current target of 32%. However, this will need to be increased to meet the EU’s new climate target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.
The use of renewable energies in Europe varies considerably from sector to sector. Renewable sources provided 34% of gross electricity consumption in the EU in 2019, compared to 9% of gross final energy consumption in transport.
Along with plans to rapidly increase the number of electric vehicles on European roads by 2030, Simson said the Commission is planning “target-based measures” for the use of hydrogen in modes of transport that will find it difficult to electrify quickly.
Simson said the July proposals would tighten the sustainability rules that forest biomass must meet to be considered renewable when burned to produce energy – rules that are likely to be politically sensitive for Nordic states with large forest industries.
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