Today (27.06.2022), the Council approved its negotiation position on the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) and the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) paving the way for the upcoming discussions with the European Parliament and trilogues.
Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Hydrogen Europe CEO, commented: “Energy resilience and a shift away from fossil fuels can only be achieved by strong regulatory signals for renewable energy projects deployment and support for bold renewable energy targets. Sadly, the Council’s position falls short of meeting the ambition of the RePowerEU communication, watering down the targets for renewable fuels of non-biological origin (RFNBOs) in transport and industry. Shifting from binding to indicative targets in these sectors harms the business case and hampers investor certainty.
We are calling on the European Parliament and European Commission to stand for the binding sub-targets for RFNBOs in transport and industry put forward via the RED II revision (2.6% of RFNBOs used in transport and 50% in industry) and increased via the RePowerEU following the invasion of Ukraine (5.2% of RFNBOs in transport and 75% in industry).”
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