MEPs to vote on plans to boost the use of renewable energy 

Parliament is set to adopt new legislation to increase the use of renewable energy in line with the EU’s Green Deal and REPowerEU initiatives.

The directive, already informally agreed with the Council, is intended to raise the share of renewables in the EU’s final energy consumption to 42.5% by 2030. Member states are urged to aim for 45%. The new law will also speed up the approval process for new renewable energy power plants, such as solar and wind farms, as well as the adaptation of existing ones.

The maximum period for national authorities to approve new renewable energy installations will be 12 months, if located in so-called "renewables go-to areas". Outside such areas, the process should not exceed 24 months.

The debate will take place on Monday, the vote is scheduled for Tuesday.


This legislative revision is part of the 'Fit for 55' package, which adapts existing climate and energy legislation to meet the new EU objective of a minimum 55% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (REDIII). The proposed targets were further raised under the REPowerEU package, aimed at reducing Europe's reliance on fossil fuel imports from Russia following its war against Ukraine.

Procedure Code: 2021/0218(COD)

Procedure: Ordinary legislative procedure, first reading agreement

Debate: Monday, 11 September 2023

Vote: Tuesday, 12 September 2023

Press conference: Wednesday tbc