EU Signs Updated Renewable Energy Directive
Plenary room in the European Council bulding in Brussels, Belgium. © Alexandros Michailidis

EU Signs Updated Renewable Energy Directive

By Simon Johns - Oct 12, 2023

The European Council has adopted a new directive that will increase use of renewables in overall energy consumption. According to a council press release, the directive demands that by 2030 42.5% of the energy used in the bloc be renewable.

The EU’s updated renewable energy directive’s areas of concern include transport and industry. Member states must now choose between a binding 14.5% reduction in greenhouse gas intensity from transport by using renewables by 2030 or at least 29% of renewables within the final consumption of energy in the transport sector by the same year, the commission said.

The directive includes a sub-target of 5.5% advanced biofuels from non-food sources and renewable fuels such as hydrogen.

“This is a great achievement in the framework of the ´Fit for 55´ package which will help to achieve the EU’s climate goal of reducing EU emissions by at least 55% by 2030. It is a step forward which will contribute to reaching the EU´s climate targets in a fair, cost-effective and competitive way,” said Teresa Ribera, Spain’s acting minister for ecological transition.

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