The European Parliament approved the increase of the EU energy efficiency and renewable energy targets until 2030

Created date

25 09 2022

The European Parliament adopted the revision of the EU Directives on energy efficiency and renewable energy, supporting the increase of goals in the specified areas, namely:

• to reach 45% of energy from renewable sources in final energy consumption in 2030;

• to reduce primary energy consumption by 42.5% and final energy consumption by 40% in 2030 compared to the 2007 baseline scenario projections.

The State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine (SAEE) welcomes the decisions of the European Parliament, which will contribute to reducing dependence on imported energy sources, ensuring energy security and decarbonization. Continuing its European integration reforms, Ukraine is a reliable partner in the above-mentioned areas.

The revision of the RED Directive sets sub-targets for such sectors as transport, construction, district heating and cooling. In the transport sector, the introduction of renewable energy sources should lead to a 16% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions through the use of biofuels and hydrogen. In industry, the use of renewable energy sources should increase every year by 1.9 percentage points, and in district heating - by 2.3 percentage points. Member countries will also have to develop cross-border renewable energy projects.

"We confirm the need to expand cross-border cooperation to expand the use of renewable energy and call for a diversified strategy for hydrogen imports," said Markus Pieper, Member of the European Parliament for the Renewable Energy Directive.

At the same time, the European Parliament raised the EU's goals for reducing final and primary energy consumption. They will be achieved through actions at local, regional, national and European levels in different sectors (public administration, buildings, enterprises, data centers).

Member of the European Parliament Niels Fuglsang emphasized that energy efficiency is one of the effective answers to the energy crisis caused by russia.

Thus, the European Parliament supported the goals proposed by the European Commission as part of the RepowerEU plan.