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Parliamentary question - E-002731/2022(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Ms Simson on behalf of the European Commission

In 2020, the Commission presented the ‘EU strategy on energy system integration’, which provided a holistic approach to rapidly transition towards a more renewables-based energy system.

The package of legislative proposals on delivering the European Green Deal[1] and the REPowerEU plan[2] and its accompanying legislative proposals[3] represent the Commission’s vision on how to accelerate renewables deployment, raising the target for the overall share of energy from renewable sources to 45% by 2030. The Commission encourages the co-legislators to accelerate their adoption.

The proposed renewables target of 45% equates to a share of around 70% of renewables in the electricity mix in 2030. Renewable power generation installations have relatively short construction times and there is a significant existing project pipeline for solar and wind.

However, an important bottleneck remains as regards the installations’ permitting process. As part of the REPowerEU plan, the new proposal regarding permitting under the revision of the renewable energy directive aims to speed up the deployment of renewable resources and the associated needs for grid infrastructure and electricity storage facilities.

The Commission has already provided Member States with possible measures to save energy in the EU Save Energy Communication[4].

Member States, and their regional and local authorities and organisations, are best placed to reach out to EU citizens and business to encourage them to take the energy saving measures that are more cost-efficient according to their national specificities.

The Commission will complement such national efforts by identifying and sharing expertise among Member States on the most effective actions.

Last updated: 7 September 2022
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